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Huge changes planned for Australian pet owners planned need for a permit to own a cat or dog

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Huge changes planned for Australian pet owners with animal welfare organizations recognizing the need for a LICENSE just to own a cat or dog

  • Australian Animal Protection Society wants to see pet ownership licenses
  • Animal rights advocates say education will end animal impulse buying
  • The Victorian state budget included $18.6 million for animal welfare initiatives

Plans to improve Victoria’s pet rehoming industry will improve the quality of life for thousands of cats and dogs, animal welfare organizations say.

A state task force led by Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick made 17 recommendations to the government that could lead to a mandatory rehoming policy for suitable cats and dogs used in research and education.

A revision of the regulations, specifically targeting a retirement age for those animals, was also approved.

The task force also called for safeguards to minimize the use of euthanasia for animals with treatable or manageable health problems.

Plans to improve Victoria’s pet rehoming industry will improve quality of life for thousands of cats and dogs, say animal welfare organizations

The recommendations are designed to establish consistent standards of care for relocation, according to the Melbourne-based animal rights group the Australian Animal Protection Society.

That group also wants the regulations to go further.

“I’d like to see people licensed to have a pet,” said the association’s general manager, Megan Seccull.

“If you have to go through some kind of education program to understand exactly what it takes to have a pet, it prevents impulse purchases.”

RSPCA Victoria submitted comments to the investigation, leading to a number of recommendations in the report.

“As a socially conscious shelter, RSPCA Victoria believes that transparency, including reporting on the fate of animals, collaboration and continuous improvement of standards are vital to ensure that all animals are treated humanely,” said CEO Liz Walker.

“RSPCA Victoria supports the regulation of relocation groups to ensure all animal care organizations are transparent and adhere to the same standards.”

A state task force led by Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick made 17 recommendations to the government that could lead to a mandatory rehoming policy for suitable cats and dogs used in research and education

A state task force led by Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick made 17 recommendations to the government that could lead to a mandatory rehoming policy for suitable cats and dogs used in research and education

The Lost Dogs Home, which rehomed 4,758 pets last year, also welcomed the support.

Much remains to be done with the help of donors, supported and dedicated staff and volunteers, a spokeswoman said.

Last month’s budget included $18.6 million for animal welfare initiatives.

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