Block the cap on breeding dogs

Cavoodles, Spoodles and Groodles could soon be unattainable at $10,000 each

The Victorian Government will soon put a Bill to Parliament which will include a cap on breeding dogs for professional breeders. The drop in supply from this cap will lead to huge price increases in prices for family-friendly puppies such as cavoodles, spoodles and groodles. This will leave many Victorian families without the option of a family friendly, ethically bred, puppy.

Breeding will move underground with unscrupulous people supplying a black market where dogs are bred unethically in horrible conditions, and customers left with no health guarantees.

We need your help to tell your Upper House MPs that you want them to block this cap.

Banksia Park PuppiesBlocking the cap

The cap will mean that the supply of ethically bred puppies will drop and prices will increase up to $10,000 for a puppy. This will make puppies such as cavoodles, spoodles and groodles unattainable for the average Victorian. The price increase will drive dogs into horrible conditions by unscrupulous people who will breed them to gain the price increases.

What you can do

Help us stop dogs being bred in horrible conditions! You need to tell your Upper House MP NOW that you don’t want this to happen! Ask them to not support this cap for professional breeders who breed ethically, openly, and transparently.

Find your local Upper House MP HERE

  1. Type in your suburb or postcode and search
  2. Click the RED/PINK colour result for your upper house MP details (or contact us on kirstin@banksiaparkpuppies.com and we will do it for you)
  3. Email them and explain why you don’t want an upper cap for professional, ethical breeders. This will be bad for animal welfare and bad for Victorian Families.

 

 

Do you place being family friendly above ‘cuteness’?

A survey of puppy buyers has found just that; that people want dogs which will be family friendly, low shedding and suited to their lifestyle, while ‘cuteness’ is of least importance to them.
Banksia Park Puppies is one of Australia’s largest dog breeders and has been breeding dogs for more than 50 years. Banksia Park is situated on a 220 acre property near Sale in Gippsland where the climate and local environment is ideally suited to dog breeding.

More than 1700 Banksia Park customers were surveyed over the past 18 months on their preferences when making a puppy purchase.
Highlights from the survey results included:

  • 90 per cent of people surveyed said their decision was primarily based on the puppy being family friendly, followed by low shedding and whether the dog would suit their lifestyle. ‘Cuteness’ was the lowest rated factor, and it did not feature at all in 37 per cent of responses.
  • 81 per cent of those surveyed knew exactly the type of dog they wanted prior to purchase, with only two per cent undecided;
  • 65 per cent of customers did their research online, with breeder websites the most popular information source;
  • 51 per cent of Banksia Park customers visited an animal shelter when looking for their puppy. However, they didn’t get a rescue dog due to the breed they wanted not being available or concerns about the temperament and suitability of the dogs available.

Matt Hams, the owner of Banksia Park Puppies, said the survey results highlighted the amount of thought and effort that many people put into making a puppy purchase.

‘People really care about the kind of the puppy they are getting and its background, including its health and temperament,’ Mr Hams said.

‘For families in particular, choosing the right type of puppy is essential to make sure it is suitable for their lifestyle and home environment.

‘We put a lot of care and attention into the health and socialisation of our puppies to help their transition into a family environment, for the benefit of the dog and its owners,’ Mr Hams said.

The survey also found puppy buyers placed a high priority on getting the type of dog they wanted, followed by a health guarantee. Purchasers also wanted to get their puppy from a reputable and experienced breeder, including those who were full-time breeders. For three-quarters of those surveyed, price was their lowest priority.

Mr Hams said the survey highlighted the important role of professional breeders in meeting the demand from customers for healthy, happy and well-socialised puppies that become much loved and valued members of Australian households.

 

https://www.banksiaparkpuppies.com.au/PUPPY-BUYERS-VALUE-FAMILY-FRIENDLY-QUALITIES-MORE-THAN-CUTENESS-IN-MAKING-PURCHASE-DECISION.html

 

Media Contact:

Kirstin Hams

0448804644

Banksia Park – Where did your puppy come from?

Banksia Park Puppies – Where did your puppy come from?

Interested in where your puppy came from? If you want to know more about Banksia Park Puppies, this 10 minute documentary will tell you all there is to know. It shows the live in yards, the heated nurseries, the Veterinary care, choosing through Pines Puppies, and then all the way through to our re-homing.

Let us know what you think!

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At Banksia Park Puppies we’re passionate about this

 

Stop animal welfare going backwards in Victoria

There is an issue we are incredibly worried about at Banksia Park Puppies, and it appeared in the recent Saturday Age.

Labor has proposed a law which if brought in, will mean animal welfare will go dramatically backwards in Victoria. Professional, ethical, transparent breeders such as us at Banksia Park Puppies will be closed down, but there will be no-one to replace us.

The repercussions of this… where will the puppies come from? The need will be filled by blackmarket puppies; illegal breeders will see a dramatic price inflation and start breeding dogs in cramped, horrible conditions. Victoria is just starting to see all the illegal and substandard breeders close down from the change to make Victoria’s Code of Practice, World Class in it’s requirements.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is worried about this exact issue right now in America, “So here is where the crisis is – when there is a need, the void is usually filled. How do we want the void left by the lack of puppies to be filled? I know one thing we can all agree on, we sure do not want it filled by puppy mills and those who breed with no understanding of the importance of early socialization, proper nutrition and the like.”

Australia, and Victoria in particular, needs to set the world standard for how ethical breeding should be done. Victoria needs to use enforcement and World Class standards for Animal Welfare not prohibition.

At Banksia Park Puppies we urge you to contact the Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford (jaala.pulford@parliament.vic.gov.au), and explain that their proposed law is not the solution. Ethical breeders with focus on animal welfare like us at Banksia Park Puppies, need to continue in order to ensure black markets and substandard animal welfare does not occur in Victoria.

 

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Banksia Park Puppies this year

Banksia Park Puppies had a great day on Saturday at the Australian Association of Dog Breeders (AAPDB) Annual General Meeting (AGM). It was a long drive to Albury for the meeting, but it was a good chance to reflect on the past year. Dog breeding in the last year has been in the media and has had a lot of focus. The Victorian State Government has changed legislation in the form of the Code of Practice for dog breeding changing.

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