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Puppy Farms      

puppy farms

Throughout Australia large-scale commercial breeding operations force dogs to produce litter after litter to support consumer demand for purebred, crossbred and mixed-breed dogs.  These facilities are known as puppy farms, or puppy mills, and they put profit ahead of animal welfare to mass-produce puppies.

The puppies are sold in pet shops or online – most people are unaware that when they purchase a puppy rather than adopt one, they are often supporting this cruel and inhumane industry.  Conditions are often appalling, and suffering, disease, isolation and malnutrition are widespread. 

Victoria and New South Wales are the only states in Australia which have a Code of Practice for dog breeding.  Lack of mandatory animal welfare standards allows many puppy farms and backyard breeders to continue these cruel practices.  Often they are kept in isolation, and once they can no longer produce enough puppies, the law across most of Australia allows the dogs to be killed.  Many of the puppies suffer behavioural problems and health issues as a result of the terrible conditions they are kept in before being sold.


By choosing not to buy your next pet or pet supplies from stores or websites that sell live dogs, you are directly helping to end this cycle of cruelty.

Puppy Farms in Victoria:

In August 2013 the State Government in Victoria called for submissions from the public on their revised Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments.  Over 30,000 submissions were received by the DEPI Bureau of Animal Welfare from the public and welfare organisations.  To read HSI's Submission on the revised Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Establishments (August 2013), click this link: Download PDF (129 kB).

The DEPI Bureau of Animal Welfare were then responsible for making recommendations to the Victorian Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh.  The Napthine Government announced many animal welfare improvements in December 2013, but when the new Code of Practice was released on Friday 11th April 2014 last minute changes had been made.  The Code now allows female dogs to be bred for their entire lifetime, with pre-mating and post-birthing veterinary checks of breeding bitches no longer compulsory.  Dogs can be caged for 23 hours each day with little exercise and used as breeding machines until they are no longer profitable.

What You Can Do

  • If you are considering getting a pet, please adopt from your local shelter or pet rescue organisation.‚Äč
  • Raise awareness of this issue by sharing this information with your friends and collegues.

Latest News - 2017


man on 215 charges over alleged puppy farm (sbs)

21st March 2017 click here

Latest News - 2016


victorian government urged to rething controversial puppy farm laws (abc local)

23rd October 2016 click here

new breeding laws could force gippsland puppy farm to close (abc news)

12th October 2016 click here

victorian dog breeders nose out nsw puppy farm clampdown (the age)

1st September 2016 click here

animal welfare group 'bitterly disappointed' by 'puppy protection' bill

13th May 2016 click here

puppy farms: call for tax office probe as online boom in dog sales sparks welfare concerns

10th May 2016 click here

nsw government has 'ignored' puppy farm cruelty, say campaigners

26th February 2016 click here

Latest News - 2015


animal welfare groups push to end puppy farming in western australia

16th November 2015 click here

rspca's largest puppy farm prosecution in victoria sees breeding family fined $205,000

24th September 2015 click here

major parties turn their backs on animals ahead of NSW election

19th March 2015 click here 

Latest News - 2014


breeding code changes anger melton animal rights advocates 

21 April 2014 click here

sick puppy: the photo that sparked an online backlash against westfield

21 April 2014 click here

dog breeding laws watered down

15th April 2014 click here

rspca fury over state government's 'free pass' for puppy farms

15th April 2014 click here

rspca slams government over 'backflip' on puppy farms

15th April 2014 click here






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