February 19, 2020 is the date the Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 (Bill 162) was introduced and had 1st and 2nd readings. By March 10, Gov. Kim Beazley recommended to Parliament that appropriations for the bill be made.
Don’t know at this time if there will be lengthy discussion in Parliament before their third and final reading, or if on track to sail through. When passed, the next step to become law is the eager governor’s signature.
The bill covers 4 areas of news laws concerning dogs:
- mandatory dog de-sexing;
- dog breeder registration;
- a centralised dog registration system to track dogs; and
- the transition of pet shops into adoption centres.
“The Bill proposes to transition pet shops that currently sell puppies or dogs sourced from unregulated breeders into adoption centres that work in partnership with rescues to find safe and loving homes for homeless dogs.”
“The adoption centres can offer dogs for adoption that have been rescued from pounds or saved by government approved rescue organisations who are permitted to partner with them.”
We’ll keep you posted, but the fifth statewide puppy mill store ban is just around the corner!
Current statewide bans passed:
- California USA 10/13/17
- Victoria. Australia 12/14/17
- Maryland USA 4/24/18
- Maine USA 1/12/20