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Pet ID's set to improve animal welfare

Date: Sunday 20th May 2018
Category: Ministerial Media Release

Families about to buy a dog or cat will have more information about the animal and the breeder selling it under new laws set to be introduced to NSW Parliament this week.
Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton said the Companion Animals and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 is the first step in the Government’s Animal Welfare Action Plan.
"At the moment we have multiple acts governing various aspects of animal welfare and most of the related legislation is more than three decades old,” Ms Upton said.
“As part of the proposed legislation, a new pet register will be launched later this year which will allow pet owners to access critical information on the animal they plan to purchase.
“We know just how important animals are in the family home and we want to make sure that people can easily access information to ensure their pet has been well looked after.
“The register would allow people to search for the microchip number and find the pet’s breed, age, registration and whether or not is has been de-sexed.
“This information will go a long way to making sure families are fully informed on the history of the new member of their family.”

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