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For the Urgent Attention of All Members of DOGS NSW - Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment Bill 2021

Dear Members,
This is probably among the most important reports I have presented to you. Please read carefully. I urge you to act immediately. 

On Tuesday, 16 March 2021, a delegation from DOGS NSW including President Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc, Honorary Solicitor, Mr Malcolm McDonald and I, as Senior Vice President, met with representatives of Shooters Fishers Farmers Party (the Party):
•    Mark Banasiak NSW Upper House Member 
•    Philip Donato, MP, Member for Orange.

We had discussions with the representatives of the Party present in relation to, the adverse impact of the current RSPCA Breeder Compliance Unit auditing of hobbyists or recreational breeders on the basis that these breeders were Animal Traders and, as such, Commercial Breeders which has resulted in a depth of anxiety throughout our community. 

It is our deep concern that this may lead to the extinction of many pure bred breeds in NSW, paving the way for the proliferation of the large Commercial businesses, where puppies are raised in albeit, sterile, but impersonal, battery style facilities.

Following the announcement of the proposed Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Amendment (Increased Penalties) Bill, The Shooter, Fishers and Farmers Party have taken up the fight for hobbyist animal breeders, who are being unfairly targeted by animal welfare agencies.

Part of this fight includes moving an amendment to POCTAA that will redefine what it means to be Animal Trade. This will require animal welfare agencies to perform checks and balances prior to entering small hobby or recreational breeders’ properties and imposing large penalties or confiscating animals that relate to breaches of the Code for Breeding Dogs and Cats but NOT for matters relating to Cruelty to Animals.

For many years DOGS NSW has advocated for a change to the definition of Animal Trade. A recent review of our current Breeder statistics revealed that this proposed amendment will bring relief to approx. 98% of our membership holding a current prefix.

It is vital that we urge all Political Parties, whatever their persuasion, to support this amendment, which is likely to go to the Upper House in the coming week.


Proposed Amendment to POCTA proposed by the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party NSW Inc. 

Meaning of “animal trade” 
[1A] Section 4(1), definition of “animal trade” 
Omit the definition. Insert instead:
Animal trade means a trade, business or profession- 
(a) the proceeds of which have generated income for a person in the previous financial year on which income tax would have been payable under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 of the Commonwealth, even if the person were to have had no other source of income, and 
(b) In the course of which an animal is kept or used for a purpose prescribed for the purposes of this definition, but not if- 
(i) The animal is a greyhound, and 
(ii) It is kept or used for an activity by the greyhound racing industry participant who is registered under the Greyhound Racing Act 2017 to carry on that activity. 

Please share this information in your efforts in supporting the amendment to the Bill. Time is of the essence- it is imperative ALL interested citizens i.e. 
•    Members
•    Family
•    Friends 
•    Those who have adopted a precious purebred puppy

Contact the following MP’s as matter of urgency

Contact details can be found by following the links:

1. Your local member - click here for the link.
2. Premier Gladys Berejiklian - click here for contact details. 
3. John Barilaro, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Industry and Trade, Leader of The Nationals - click here for contact details. 
4. Paul Toole, Member for Bathurst, Deputy Leader of The Nationals - Email:
5. Adam Marshall Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW -  click here for contact details. 
6. Shelley Hancock Minister for Local Government - click here for contact details.
7. Leader of the opposition Jodi McKay - Email:
8. Member for Maitland and Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Jenny Aitchison - Email:

Mrs Lynette Brown
Senior Vice President - DOGS NSW


Letter to Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Ms Jenny Aitchison from DOGS NSW President, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc

Members, please click here to view the recent correspondence sent to the Member for Maitland, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Ms Jenny Aitchison from DOGS NSW President, Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc, dated 17 March 2021.