Dogs are not just companions, they are members of the family. Yet hidden throughout NSW are puppy farms - intensive breeding facilities that breed puppies for profit.
Exposés of puppy farms have shown female dogs living in squalid conditions. Mother dogs are often forced to pump out litter after litter in small, barren pens until their bodies can no longer cope. Because of the lack of exercise and pressure on the body to produce repeat litters, many breeding dogs also suffer from painful health conditions such as eye infections, ear infections, mammary tumours, hip dysplasia and skin infections.
Puppies born on puppy farms and sold on to an unknowing public can also suffer from a range of behavioural and medical issues caused by the unsanitary conditions, lack of appropriate veterinary treatment, lack of socialisation and care, or even inbreeding.
What’s even more shocking is puppy farming in NSW is LEGAL.
Australians hate animal cruelty, and would be horrified to know that their beloved companion could have come from one of these places. Yet many dogs sold in pet stores and online have likely come from puppy farms.
With laws to ban puppy farming now in place in VIC, NSW is quickly becoming the puppy farming hub of Australia. NSW councils are being inundated with development applications from intensive dog farmers, sometimes with proposals to house hundreds of dogs.
We must act now - our weak laws are allowing puppy farming to run rampant in our state. That’s why I have introduced legislation to bring our laws up to speed with other states, ensuring dogs are given the same protection here as they are across the border.
The people of NSW will never accept the industrialised ‘factory farming’ of puppies, especially while thousands of healthy, loving dogs in pounds and shelters are still looking for their forever homes. Together we have the power to make real change for dogs here with tough laws to end cruel puppy farming.