There are new rules to be implemented in New South Wales from 1st July 2019
The rules have changed
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 implemented in response to the Parliamentary Inquiryinto Companion Animal Breeding Practices.
The changes help people looking to buy a cat or dog search the NSW PetRegistry to see the animal’s:
- 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 informed 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.
Publishers Note: I suggested this to the NSW Government 10 years ago and wastold it was too hard.
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