Protecting Your Rights

The GRCWA is dedicated to protecting the rights of all dog owners, promoting responsible dog ownership and ensuring that laws governing dog ownership and breeding are reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory. The GRCWA further identifies its mission as educating and informing responsible dog owners and breeders about the issues that impact them as well as monitoring and positively impacting legislation that affect them. The GRCWA Inc. Position Statements

Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020

As ANKC registered breeders are already regulated, have a central registration database and are considered by the Government to be the “GOLD STANDARD” due to their Regulations, Code of Conduct and Governance, the GRCWA puts forward the following recommendations to the proposed Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2020 :

  • RECOMMENDATION 1: ANKC registered breeders should be exempt from the requirement to get an approval from the local council to breed. Existing ANKC registration details should be used to identify DogsWest members and their dogs.
  • RECOMMENDATION 2: Non ANKC/DogsWest members should be given a distinctly different unique identifier that makes it clear that they are not ANKC “Registered Breeders” and are not regulated by a robust Code of Ethics.
  • RECOMMENDATION 3: Oppose the mandatory spay/neuter legislation - Spaying/Neutering are major surgeries and the decision to spay or neuter a dog should be made by the dog’s owner in conjunction with their veterinarian. Recent scientific studies demonstrate that spaying/neutering, particularly before a dog is fully mature, may result in detrimental long-term health impacts. 
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