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9 November 2016
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DOGS Victoria Members - THIS BILL WILL IMPACT YOU
Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Bill 2016 

 
Even if you only have one entire female, and you want to breed, this legislation will affect you. It will mean you must have a DAB issued from your council. If you do not, and you breed and sell your puppies, you will be breaking the law, with hefty fines as a penalty.
The consequences are even higher for those with over five dogs, with provisions to build concrete kennels and a strict code you’ll need to follow – and this will be law. Make no mistake you must abide by it or face serious repercussions, including fines and even jail sentences.
This Bill affects every single DOGS Victoria member, if you breed or not, it will reduce our ability to continue producing healthy, well socialised purebred puppies. Our dog sports, our shows our hobby will be destroyed.
We need your help to spread the message that this Bill is wrong and must be amended. We do not support puppy farms, backyard or commercial breeders, so let’s spread the word that this Bill needs to get it right, first time, so it can target those that are doing the wrong thing. The power is in our numbers. Please support us in getting the word out that ethical, registered DOGS Victoria breeders should not be included in this one-size-fits-all legislation. This is what you can do:

 
GET ACTIVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Email, phone, Facebook all of your members and ensure they know about the Bill. Drive them to sign our petition on www.purebreddogs.org.au
Share and post your positive stories on what it means to be an ethical DV member on all our social media channels (links are on the website)
Visit the members section of the website for a media kit with banners and creative you can download.

 
WRITE AN IMPACT STATEMENT
Write an impact statement and email to dabillinquiry@parliament.vic.gov.au and office@dogsvictoria.org.au
Mail your impact statement to: Daniel Andrews, Office of the Premier, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne VIC 3002 and Jaala Pulford, Level 16, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne VIC 3002
EDUCATE EVERYONE
Visit pet shops or any pet business in your area and ensure they are aware of the Bill and the impact it could have on them.
Contact other obedience clubs, dog sports clubs. Drive them to sign our petition on www.purebreddogs.org.au

 
LOCAL COUNCIL / LOCAL POLITICIANS
Contact your local council and local politicians and tell them what this Bill will mean to you. Ask the Council how they will plan to enforce it, ask the hard questions to show them (if they’ve not already realised) how much extra work this will mean. Check this link for your local contact: http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/members/results
CONTACT KEY UPPER HOUSE MEMBERS
Here are the FIVE upper house members whose votes will be critical to pass our amendment. I'm sure they'd appreciate an email.
Mr Jeffrey Bourman (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Victoria) jeff.bourman@parliament.vic.gov.au representing Eastern Victoria
Mr Daniel Young (Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Victoria) daniel.young@parliament.vic.gov.au representing Northern Victoria
Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins (Democratic Labour Party) rachel.carling-jenkins@parliament.vic.gov.au representing Western Metropolitan
Ms Fiona Patten (Australian Sex Party) fiona.patten@parliament.vic.gov.au representing Northern Metropolitan
Mr James Purcell (Vote 1 Local Jobs) james.purcell@parliament.vic.gov.au representing Western Victoria

 
POST A LETTER TODAY
Tell Daniel Andrews and Jaala Pulford what this will mean to you. Even just send a hard copy of your impact statement, whatever you can to flood those mailboxes with your message.

Daniel Andrews
Office of the Premier
1 Treasury Place
Melbourne VIC 3002
 
Jaala Pulford
Level 16, 8 Nicholson Street
East Melbourne VIC 3002


 
COMPLETE THE SURVEY
If you are a registered DOGS Victoria breeder with a prefix when we need to hear from you asap (survey closes midnight 13 November). Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/68SRTGM


 
VOTE ON THE PETITION
Vote online at www.purebreddogs.org.au to add your name to the growing list of people who are asking for this legislation to be amended. Ensure your friends, family and community do the same.

 
COMMUNICATIONS UPDATE
MEDIA: Our PR team has been contacting journalists around the country. We have some great things lined up and we will continue to distribute media releases to keep the pressure up. Local media will also be contacted each week in areas of shows and trials.
VIDEO: A series of videos will be released this week over social media and on the website.
SOCIAL MEDIA: Dedicated Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts are set up and being moderated, please take to them to express your concern. Links can be found at www.purebreddogs.org.au
PETITION: Please ensure you and all your friends have voted on our petition at www.purebreddogs.org.au
WEBSITE: A member section is on the website where you can download a media kit, this has banners, posters and media release which can be printed, uploaded to websites or other social media. http://purebreddogs.org.au/members/
 For more information regarding DOGS Victoria’s campaign please go to 
http://purebreddogs.org.au
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