Publication of a report on the repatriation of pets

The state government welcomed the final report by the companion animal task force.

Agriculture Minister Mary-Anne Thomas released the report on Thursday, January 20.

The task force, comprising Western Victoria MP Andy Meddick (Chair), Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards and Narre Warren South MP Gary Maas, was appointed in March 2021 to look at how to improve the repatriation of dogs and pets. cats in Victoria, including those used in medical research.

The report made 17 recommendations to support the welfare of dogs and cats in need of rehoming, including improvements to the regulatory framework for pet rehousing.

The report recommends increased transparency in animal movements, better reporting of data and new subsidies to support the pet care sector.

“We are delighted to work with the Pet Rehoming Task Force to ensure positive animal welfare outcomes at every stage of the rehoming process,” said Thomas.

The report’s recommendations are the result of extensive community and stakeholder consultation.

Between May and October last year, the working group carried out a number of activities, including site visits, roundtables and public webinars.

The task force heard from a wide range of industry and community stakeholders, including foster care networks and rescue groups, shelter and dog pounds operators, veterinarians and veterinary staff, councils , animal welfare stakeholders and the general public.

The state government will now consider the task force’s recommendations to inform future reforms under its animal care and protection agenda.

The Taskforce on Rehoming Pets report is available online, details: agriculture.vic.gov.au

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