Licensing and regulating cat and dog breeders - Consultation Paper

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) is seeking community feedback on how we regulate breeders, in response to increased reports of puppy factory activity driven in part by unprecedented demand for pets during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Consultation Paper: Licensing and regulation of cat and dog breeders proposes to introduce a dog breeder licensing scheme and seeks feedback on which dog breeders should be required to obtain a licence.

The key principles of the proposed licensing scheme are that it should be easy to understand, that costs should be proportionate, and that it should minimise unintended consequences.

The Consultation Paper also seeks feedback on whether some cat and dog breeders should be exempt from the requirements of the Breeding Code.

Feedback received on the Consultation Paper will be used to inform the development of a dog breeder licensing scheme.

The Consultation Paper is open to public feedback from 16 November to 31 December 2021.

You can make a submission:

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NSW DPI (within the Department of Regional NSW) is collecting submissions to inform policy development relating to companion animals breeding in NSW. The information contained within your submission may be accessed by various officials within DRNSW for this purpose and may be used to support further consultation.

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