Responding to reports of high euthanasia rates at RSPCA animal rescue
facilities, Greens MP and animal welfare spokesperson Cate Faehrmann
says that ultimate responsibility for high euthanasia rates of companion
animals rests with the NSW Government because of inadequate regulation
of the pet industry and the resulting over supply of domestic cats and
"It is heartbreaking to know that so many cats and dogs are being
euthanised for no good reason. The government needs to urgently address
the source of the problem: over supply from greedy puppy farms that
aren't regulated effectively," said Ms Faehrmann.
"The NSW Government is receiving advice from the Companion Animals
Taskforce. Their report should be released publicly and the government
needs to respond with urgent law reform and a significant injection of
resources. Every year tens of thousands of animals are being put down
unnecessarily so there cannot be any delay.
"If we had an industry that was less able to take advantage of impulse
purchasing we wouldn't have such appallingly high rates of unwanted
animals being put down. At the moment the industry is simply selling as
many dogs and cats as possible. The NSW Government must put
responsibility back on the breeders to breed and sell responsibly," said
The Greens are calling for a comprehensive strategy involving all
stakeholders to get the euthanasia rates for healthy animals to zero,
including initiatives such as:
- breeder licencing
- mandatory breeder standards
- an end to puppy farms
- high volume low cost de-sexing programs to control unplanned
- incentives to encourage people to purchase from pounds and
rescue shelters such as lower pet registration fees.
48,000 cats and 68,800 dogs have been impounded annually since 2008/09
and 30,300 cats and 21,600 dogs were euthanased in 2010/2011.