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Pet Industry News is Australia and New Zealand’s only pet trade magazine. Published four times a year, around 4000 copies of the magazine are sent free of charge to every pet-related business in our region including pet shops, aquariums, kennels & catteries, grooming business, wholesalers, major vets, etc


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Labor wins the election in Victoria. The following is their policy relating to the sale of puppies.
Victorian Labor will crack down on puppy farms and introduce tough new measures to support animal welfare.
Labor will provide the RSPCA with additional resources to tackle puppy farms and toughen up their inspectorate capacity to deal with animal cruelty. Labor will also work with the RSPCA and local councils to address this issue.
Labor will amend the code of practice for dog breeding businesses to ensure female dogs cannot have any more than five litters and reinstate mandatory breeding vet checks.
An Andrews Labor Government will discourage the establishment of new puppy farms by limiting the maximum number of female breeding dogs in domestic facilities to ten, by the year 2020.
Under Labor pet shops will only be able to sell puppies that are supplied from registered breeders, animal shelters or Code compliant facilities.
The Pet Industry Association agrees that pet shops should obtain their animals from these sources, however the Government will have to implement a system to cater for accidental births otherwise the shelters will have to cope with an influx of puppies.


This Biosecurity Advice notifies stakeholders that Australia’s Director of Animal and Plant Quarantine has determined a quarantine policy for the importation of freshwater ornamental finfish from approved countries, as specified in Importation of freshwater ornamental fish: review of biosecurity risks associated with gourami iridovirus and related viruses Final import risk analysis report (the IRA).

Effective 1 March 2015, importation for ornamental purposes of cichlids, poeciliids and fish belonging to the subfamilies Luciocephalinae and Macropodusinae of the family Osphronemidae (gouramis, betas and paradise fish) will require official health certification attesting to the fish either being sourced from a megalocytivirus free compartment, zone or country, or being batch tested negative for megalocytivirus.

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The OFI has announced that they have a new Secretary General (SG); the Executive Board has appointed Roberto Hensen M.Sc. to this position, after the tragic loss of the previous OFI SG and administrator, Alex and Edith Ploeg.


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