At the very least we want:

  • Compulsory desexing of all dogs and cats before being rehomed by any persons.
  • Enforced cooperation amongst animal rescuers (large and small) and local government controlled pounds and shelters.
  • Open networking between rescuers and organisations.
  • Policing of the microchipping laws.
  • A single Australia-wide microchip register with a database linked to either people’s Medicare card or their driver’s licence so their details will automatically be updated should the owner’s contact details change.
  • Compulsory scanning for microchips on deceased animals by councils or by the businesses contracted to councils.
  • Development of nationally recognised Codes of Practice for animal rescuers and rehoming organisations.
  • Government funded subsided desexing schemes.
  • Representation for smaller rescue groups and individual rescuers on legislative committees.
  • Tax concessions for purchases of medication, treatments, equipment and food for companion, farm and wildlife rescuers.
  • Animal care to become a compulsory part of the primary school syllabus including live animals including a field trip to a vet, a farm and a rescue group or shelter.
  • A reduction in council impounding fees.
  • Open accountability of council pounds and shelters with regard to rehoming animals and returning animals to their owners.
  • TAFEs to offer animal care courses with a regard to animal rescue and fostering with a recognisable certificate of care obtained. Course to cover all aspects of responsible animal care and to be a minimum of 6 months length.
  • Animal rescuers require recognition for their hard work and dedication and should be rewarded by a national conference each year with a chance for furthering their learning, participating in discussions and focus groups and a presentation dinner.
  • A nationally standardised and sound temperament testing protocol.

Other animal welfare points of interest to NARGA are:

  • Jail terms that fit the crimes that people perpetrate against animals. The current sentences are simply not enough of a deterrence and they need to be much harsher and there needs to be a psychological analysis of each of them. Animal rescuers regularly see neglect, abuse and downright heart break; this has to change, has to have severe consequences and has to be rejected by our society as a whole.
  • A reduction in the time from when the abuse is reported to the time that the abuse is investigated. The follow up delay has to be improved, each and every report deserves to be thoroughly investigated and not dismissed as an “unreliable” or “unsubstantiated” report.
  • The cruel and obscene business of puppy farming must be stopped immediately, along with the sales of companion animals at markets, pet shops and swap meets. Taking the mass production of pets out of the equation should somewhat reduce the prevalence of unwanted companion animals.
  • Only registered breeders of pure breed pets and sub-registered breeders of mixed-breed pets should be licensed to have an entire pet on their premises.
  • The end of factory farming of any type of animal – no animal deserves to live their life out in a caged or confined environment.
  • To stop the mass live export trade of animals destined for butchering.
  • To stop the use of 1080 poison as it is cruel and inhumane. It has been banned in many countries and should be in ours.
  • Have the dingo be properly protected as a native animal and to be given protection rights.
  • Creation of a central register of wildlife carers and a single 1800 or 1300 number for 24 hour emergencies.
  • Mandatory pet bond conditions on rental agreements.