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5 Austl. Animal Protection L.J. 3 (2011)
Defining the Puppy Farm Problem: An Examination of the Regulation of Dog Breeding, Rearing and Sale in Australia

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Defining the Puppy Farm Problem: An
Examination of the Regulation of Dog
Breeding, Rearing and Sale in Australia

                      By  Katherine  Cooke   *

   'Human beings do not treat animals harshly because they are
   classified as property; animals are classified as property so that
   human beings can legally treat them harshly.'2

        This article examines the regulation of dog breeding, rearing
and  sale in Australia. It describes existing animal welfare require-
ments  in this industry with reference to the relevant legislation and
codes of practice (where they exist). The article argues that the legal
problems  caused by so-called 'puppy  farms' do not begin and end  at
the farm.   The  article concludes by mentioning  some   past reform
attempts and suggesting reform objectives.

Introduction

On  19 September 2010, more than 1,000 people (accompanied by a large
number  of dogs) gathered on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne
to demand the abolition of 'puppy farms' and to promote other legislative
reforms. They were  advocating the passage of 'Oscar's Law', a series of
proposed measures which  include abolishing the factory farming of dogs,
banning the sale of pets in pet shops, and the introduction of a 'proper
campaign' on responsible animal care in Victoria.3 Oscar, the namesake
of  the campaign,  was  a  dog  removed  from  a  Victorian breeding
establishment in which  his basic needs  had been  neglected.  After
undergoing  treatment for severe  fur matting, gum  disease  and ear
infections, Oscar and other dogs seized from the same establishment were
returned by authorities to that establishment.

There is widespread concern about the standard of care provided to dogs
and puppies in breeding establishments. Oscar's Law has the support of



. BA/LLB(Hons) (Melb)
2  Wendy Adams, 'Human Subjects and Animal Objects: Animals as 'Other' in the Law' Journal of Animal Law and
   Ethics 3 (2009) 29, 29.
3  See <wwwoscarslaworg>. Oscar's Law has not yet been prepared as draft legislation.
4  Ibid.

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