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The Companion Animals Taskforce - background

The Companion Animals Taskforce was established by the Minister for Local Government and the Minister for Primary Industries to provide advice on key companion animal issues, including strategies to reduce the rate of companion animal euthanasia.

Specifically, the Ministers asked the Taskforce to inquire into:

  • Euthanasia rates and re-homing options for surrendered or abandoned companion animals
  • The breeding of companion animals including the practices of “puppy farms”
  • The sale of companion animals
  • The microchipping and desexing of companion animals
  • Current education programs on “responsible pet ownership”
  • Dangerous dogs
  • Any other high priority companion animal issues that become apparent to the Taskforce.

The Taskforce was chaired by the Member for Charlestown, Mr Andrew Cornwell MP, and consisted of representatives of the following organisations, invited by the Ministers to participate:

  • Animal Welfare League NSW,
  • Australian Companion Animal Council,
  • Australian Institute of Local Government Rangers,
  • Australian Veterinary Association,
  • Cat Protection Society of NSW,
  • Local Government and Shires Associations of NSW,
  • Dogs NSW,
  • Pet Industry Association Australia, and
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals NSW.

Representatives of the Office of Local Government and Department of Primary Industries also participated on the Taskforce.

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