From 1 July 2019, people advertising kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for saleor to give away in NSW will need to include an identification number inadvertisements. The identification number can be either:

  • a microchip number
  • a breeder identification number, OR
  • a rehoming organisation number.

The rules will apply to all advertisements, including those in newspapers,local posters, community notice boards and all forms of online advertising,including public advertisements on websites such as the Trading Post, Gumtreeand social media sites.

The changes have been implements in response to the Parliamentary Inquiry intoCompanion
Animal Breeding Practices

The changes help people looking to buy a cot or dog search the NSW PetRegistry to see the animal’s:

  • breed
  • sex
  • age
  • whether it is desexed
  • whether or not it is already registered
  • whether any annual permit is in place (from 1 July 2019).

A breeder identification number search will also display any business namelisted in the registry.

This enables buyers to do further research and make information purchasingdecisions. It also helps to promote responsible cat and dog breeding andselling and, over time, enable enforcement agencies to use this information toidentify ‘problem’ breeders to enforce animal welfare laws.

Please see the NSW Department of Primary Industries website for furtherinformation.

Source: PIAA News Brief

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