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Pet Industry Association of Australia announces the 2017 Pet Industry Achievement Award winners

Shining a spotlight on excellence in the pet industry, the Pet Industry Association of Australia (PIAA) announced the winners of the 2017 PIAA Industry Achievement Awards at the PIAA AusPet 2017 Trade Show & National Conference incorporating Groomex 2017 in Sydney (Oct 19 -22).

These annual awards recognise excellence in the pet industry with nominees undergoing a tough nomination process. The PIAA Industry Achievement Awards trophies were presented in 10 different categories and the winners are:

* PIAA / Bayer Pioneer Award -- Bob Croucher – Pet Industry News

* PIAA / Pet Plan Kevin Pakes Perpetual Achievement Award – David Kong – Kong’s Australia

* PIAA Boarder/Dog Day Care/Pet Sitter of Excellence Award – Samford Pet Resort, QLD

* PIAA Dog Trainer of Excellence Award -- Glenn Cooke – Pet Resorts Australia, NSW 

* PIAA Groomer of Excellence Award -- Paw Print Lane, WA 

* PIAA Manufacturer/Supplier of Excellence Award -- Frontier Pets 

* PIAA Breeder of Excellence Award -- Off the Edge Labradoodles, WA

* PIAA Pet Services of Excellence Award -- Time Out Pet Care, NSW 

* PIAA Retailer of Excellence Award -- We Know Pets Bowral, NSW 

* PIAA Education Achievement Award -- Lochinvar Pet Motel, NSW 

“PIAA is extremely proud of the calibre of its members. We congratulate all winners and nominees and look forward to these awards getting even bigger and better,” said PIAA CEO, Mark Fraser.

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MP moves bill to allow dogs into NSW pubs


Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker will move a Bill in Parliament amending the Companion Animals Act in NSW to allow dogs indoors in pubs, subject to the permission of the proprietor.

“Dog-friendly pubs are a key ingredient of the charm and unique atmosphere of some of our pubs here in Sydney’s Inner West and in many other places in NSW too. We believe that there’s a strong argument for changing these restrictive laws to allow pub proprietors to have the right to welcome dogs into their establishments, as they can in the UK and parts of Europe." said Mr. Parker.
Photo Credit: John Appleyard

"Australia is regarded as one of the strictest nations when it comes to accessibility for companion animals.Dog owners in many European countries are free to take their pets inside shops, cafes, restaurants and onto public transport.

Studies have shown that having dogs in areas where food or drinks are served poses no risk to human health. Pub owners should be able to decide for themselves whether allowing dogs in is right for their establishment and their customers. Some businesses may have a “no pets” policy; others may welcome well behaved dogs in public areas.

Since starting my investigation in March this year, I’ve received hundreds of responses and the vast majority of people are in favour of letting pubs decide if dogs can come in. In metropolitan areas like Sydney where people work long hours, they often don’t get the chance to walk their dogs daily. Being able to bring dogs into the local pub would enhance the quality of life not only for dog owners, but for dogs too.”

Aussie pets fetch $2 billion in public healthcare savings

SYDNEY, 31 JULY 2017

Dr Chris Brown calls for pet owner tax credit to stimulate further benefits

To help relieve the pain of ballooning healthcare budgets, well known veterinarian Dr Chris Brown is prescribing pets to Federal and State governments.

On the back of new data (1) released today showing that pet owners deliver a massive $2 billion in public healthcare savings across Australia, Dr Chris Brown is encouraging policymakers to consider tax rebates or offsets that encourage pet ownership to stimulate further savings.

While the individual health benefits of owning a pet are widely known, The Healthcare Economics of Pets (1) report determined that every pet owner saves the health system $700 per year (1) in reducing the number of doctor visits and associated health costs, such as fewer specialist appointments and hospital visits.

“This research is a wake-up call for policy makers to acknowledge the broader benefits of pet ownership, which even extend to the public purse. If our governments can recognise pet owners for making smart choices for their health through incentives like a tax rebate or offset, the return on investment could be huge,” said Dr Chris Brown.

The calculations are based on previous studies by academics at the University of Melbourne that showed pet owners visit the doctors 11% less than non-pet owners (2).

The economic projections indicate that if pet populations increased by 10% a year the public health system could stand to save over $200 million annually.

“This report shows that keeping Australia pet friendly is an issue of national importance. I hope the government can see the value in spending a little, to save a lot,” said Dr Chris Brown.

The Healthcare Economics of Pets was commissioned by Mars Petcare as part of the Keep Australia Pet Friendly campaign which Ambassador Dr Chris Brown has been championing since 2015. 

Dr Chris Brown has been working to highlight the many benefits of pet ownership with stakeholders, pet owners and policy makers to stress the need to build a more pet friendly nation into the future, focusing on accommodation, open spaces and transport as priorities.

John Bishop, Co-Founder and Joint CEO of national animal welfare charity PetRescue, has voiced his support for the proposal.

“We really need policies like this to encourage more Australians to discover the benefits, and the joy, of pet adoption. The fact that pet ownership also has such a huge positive impact on our economy, it makes me wonder why this hasn’t been implemented sooner. It's a win-win for both humans and the many thousands of pets looking for a new home,” said Mr Bishop. 

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1. Healthcare Economics of Pets. July 2017. Commissioned report by Blue Green Economics
2. Headey & Grabka 2007 Pets and Human Health in Germany and Australia: National Longitudinal Results. Social Indicators Research. Vol 80, No 2 pp. 297-311
3. Headey B (1998) health benefits and health cost savings due to pets: preliminary estimates from an Australian national survey. Social Indicators Research, 47, 233-243
4. Headey B, Na F and Zheng R (2008) Pet dogs benefit owners’ health: a natural experiment; in China. Social Indicators Research, 87(3), 481-493
5. Companion Animal Economics 2017. The Economic impact of companion animals in the UK. University of Lincoln

Therapy Dogs Go on Trial in NSW

APRIL 4, 2017

NSW will trial the use of therapy dogs to support children and vulnerable victims during courthouse visits.
Canine companion
The six-month trial begins in Manly on 27 April 2017 with two therapy dogs assisting victims and helping reduce the stress of appearing in court.

Therapy dogs will be located in public waiting areas, as well as safe and remote witness rooms four mornings a week from 9am to 10.30am, excluding Wednesday.

The therapy dogs will support and comfort adult and child victims and witnesses in public waiting areas before and after they give evidence to help them feel calm in court. If a victim or witness is particularly distressed, arrangements will be made for the therapy dog to sit with them privately.

The success of the trial in Manly will determine whether the program will roll out across NSW.

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the trial is a wonderful initiative.“We know court proceedings can be distressing and overwhelming, particularly for young children, which is why the government is piloting the use of companion animals in our courthouses,” Mr Speakman said.

“Research shows having a dog to talk to and pat can calm people who are feeling scared and nervous, a phenomenon referred to as the pet effect.”

In Sydney, therapy dogs regularly visit intensive care, spinal and burns units at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, and Westmead Hospital.

Originally published on the NSW Government website.

Pampered Pet Spending Reaches $12.2 billion in Australia

DECEMBER 12, 2016

Average household expenditure on pets is up by almost 30% in the past three years as owners increasingly treat them as part of the family.

A new report released by Animal Medicines Australia, Pet Ownership in Australia 2016, shows nearly two in three Australian households (62%) now own a pet and, while many pets arrive in the family home at no cost, expenditure on pet products and services has now topped $12 billion annually.

Animal Medicines Australia Executive Director Mr Ben Stapley said that keeping a pet dog is now costing on average $1,495 each year, including $622 annually on pet food, $397 on veterinary services, $248 on pet healthcare products and over $100 each on grooming, other products and accessories.

Dog owners spend almost twice as much as those with cats. Total spending in the pet industry ($12.2 billion) has increased by 42% over the figure in 2013.

“Most pet owners want to provide their pets with the best possible life, and are now spending more across an increasing range of pet supplies and services to keep them healthy and happy,” Mr Stapley said.

“There has been a shift away from bulk foods and supermarket shopping towards premium foods, with owners increasingly opting to shop for their pet needs at specialty pet superstores. “Pet treats and pet healthcare products are growing rapidly, while owners are also seeking out food products made with natural and organic ingredients.”

Demand for specialist and therapeutic foods is also growing. Expenditures on pet dietary supplements grew by 13% in 2015 and is likely to be one of the fastest-growing categories in pet care in the future based on the speed of its growth in the US.

When it comes to pet accessories such as toys, clothing, leads, bowls and carriers, the AMA reported Australians were spending almost $1.1 billion. And city households do most of that spending, three times more than their regional and rural counterparts.

Pet insurance has emerged as one of the fastest growing insurance categories and it is estimated that 5% of all Australian pets are insured (ahead of the 2% in the USA but well behind Britain's 25%, which is the highest in the world).
The report’s findings are based on a quantitative study of over 2,000 Australian households undertaken by Newgate Research on behalf of the AMA. Local and international data relating to expenditure has also been included.

Animal Medicines Australia is the peak body representing the leading animal health companies of Australia.
A fully copy of the report is available here.

PIAA Industry Association Awards 2016

OCTOBER 21, 2016

The Pet Industry Association Awards were presented at the Pet Expo held in Melbourne on the 20th and 21st October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The following awards were nominated by members for excellence in their field over the past 12 months. And the winners were:

PIAA Pioneer Award - Jill Chancellor – Cooinda Cat Resort (VIC)
Kevin Pakes Perpetual Achievement Award - Paul Talbot – Majestic Aquariums (NSW)
PIAA Retailer of Excellence Award – Macarthur Pets (NSW)
PIAA Boarder/Doggy Day Care/Pet Sitter of Excellence Award – joint winners Hunter Pet Motel (NSW) and Dogs Country Club (VIC)
PIAA Dog Trainer of Excellence Award – Jordan Dog Training (QLD)
PIAA Breeder of Excellence Award – Cottage Canines (NSW)
PIAA Groomer of Excellence Award – Redgum Vet & Pet Boarding (SA)
PIAA Pet Services of Excellence Award – Zoohause (NSW)
PIAA Manufacturer/Supplier of Excellence Award – Petway Petcare (QLD)
PIAA Education Achievement Award – Pacific Pet Resort (NSW)

VIRGIN Australia - the "pet-friendly" airline

AUGUST 26, 2016
To the rescue ... Virgin Australia is helping Jetpets and PetRescue rehome dogs, like Danny the King Charles Cavalier spaniel. Picture: Luke MarsdenSource:News Limited
VIRGIN Australia is positioning itself as the “pet friendly” airline, with an offer to fly rescue dogs across the country to new owners for free.

The partnership with Jetpets, will see Virgin work with animal welfare groups like PetRescue and help connect surrendered or abandoned dogs with new owners interstate — opening up a lot more options for the animals.

For the full story by Robyn Ironside, News Corp Australia Network, please read

Greyhound Adoption Success after Racing Banned in NSW

JULY 16, 2016

A record number of former and unwanted racing dogs have been re-homed at a Greyhound adoption day in Sydney on Saturday, following a landmark decision to ban greyhound racing in NSW.

Hundreds of people poured through the gates at Wentworth Park to meet and greet the animals. Of the 40 Greyhounds looking for re-homing, 39 were adopted and one fostered out, with over 100 people registering their interest for dogs further down the track.

The adoption day came after the NSW government this week refused to back down on its decision to ban greyhound racing after meeting industry leaders. 

Premier Mike Baird said he had no choice but to scrap the sport after an inquiry found up to 68,000 "uncompetitive" Greyhounds had been slaughtered in the past 12 years and nearly one-in-five trainers used live animal baits.

Despite a damning report, NSW Greyhounds Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association Chief Executive Brenton Scott insists legal options to fight the ban are still being explored. Another Sydney Greyhound adoption day has been scheduled for next month.

Compulsory desexing, microchipping

of cats and dogs coming to SA

JULY 7, 2016

Compulsory microchipping and desexing of dogs and cats in South Australia will be in place by the end of the year after an amendment passed through State Parliament. The Government predicts the new laws will reduce the number of pets being euthanised.

The amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act were discussed for many years and the latest amendment is based on the findings of a citizens' jury, which urged that more effort be made to reduce the number of animals put down annually.

Environment Minister Ian Hunter said about 10,000 animals are euthanased each year."From my perspective that's 10,000 too many," he said. "That means there's an issue with supply and clamping down on illegal puppy farmers is the first place for us to start."

There will be some exemptions for breeders, as well as security and working dogs.
Mr Hunter said the Government would look at ways to lower the cost of microchipping. "We work with veterinarians and various animal agencies and we can actually microchip a large number at a very cheap cost," he said.

Dog and cat management board chairwoman Dr Felicity-Ann Lewis said the board was pleased with the amendments and they would not be retrospective.
"We are saying to people: Look, it's coming, so please get organised, do the right thing," she said. Local councils will have the responsibility to enforce the laws.

NSW Pet Registration goes DIY and digital

JUNE 9, 2016

From July 2016, breeders and pet owners will be able to go to to register, pay, update their own details, and transfer pets to new owners.

Already microchipped?

Kittens and puppies in NSW must be microchipped and placed on the NSW Pet Registry by the time they reach 12 weeks of age, or prior to sale if that is earlier.

New pets should already be on the register under the previous owner or breeder’s name and profile. The owner or breeder can transfer the pet on the registry to the new owner’s contact number or email address.

Not microchipped?

If a pet is not microchipped, a local vet can do it. The vet will microchip it, and add the number to the NSW Pet Registry.

With the microchip number, new owners will then log in to and locate their animal using the microchip number and their contact details. Owners can then create a profile, and connect themselves fully to their pet so that in the event it is lost or injured owners can be notified.

Once an owner has an online profile they can update their contact details themselves. Owners can also pay registration fees online, which are due by the time a pet is 6 months old.
Owners without computers can use a form to register their pet. These are available from local council.


De-sexed pets will attract a greatly reduced registration fee. From 4 July 2016 a reduced registration fee will be available to owners who de-sex their cat before four months of age. A reduced fee applies if dogs are de-sexed before six months.

Pet owners are encouraged to de-sex dogs and cats at an early age because it helps to ensure pets stay healthy, are well behaved and do not have unwanted litters.

Vets will need to update the register when a pet is de-sexed. Vets can also update the Pet Registry if they believe that a pet should not be de-sexed for medical reasons.

This website will be available from July 2016.

Australian cities and towns need to be more inclusive of pets

JUNE 8, 2016

For the first time in Australia’s history, pet populations are falling significantly. This is a serious problem because pets make us happier and healthier. (Pic: Bob Barker)
AUSTRALIA, we need to talk.

"If I’m honest, this has been coming for a while. But right now, I feel like we’re at a crossroads in our relationship. My biggest fear? That if we don’t speak up we might just lose our supposed best mates from our lives. Along with all the benefits this friendship brings.

I am, of course, talking about the hairiest and possibly happiest members of our community — our pets. The scruffy, slobbery and occasionally clumsy masters of unconditional love.

But here’s the issue. While our pets might love us, our cities’ attitudes to pets is often far from caring. Most of our cities and towns have now become so non-inclusive of pets that a simple walk is more akin to a stroll through a minefield of potential fines, infringements and criticism. Or they’re simply not welcome at all — there are entire suburbs that ban cat ownership.

And without someone speaking up, we might just regulate pets out of our lives. 
For the first time in Australia’s history, pet populations are falling significantly. In just 12 months, cat populations have declined by 200,000 and dog numbers have dropped by 100,000. When you compare us to other countries around the world where ownership is increasing, our decline stands out like a dog’s ... well, you know.

Research shows that having a pet in your home means children are less likely to catch colds, need antibiotics or develop asthma. And throughout life having a furry family member leads to more exercise, lower blood pressure, fewer visits to the doctor, ­better cardiovascular health and an easing of loneliness.

So not only do pets make great personal trainers, they are hairy health care professionals. Every day, I see how beneficial pets are for all kinds of people, on a ­physical, mental and emotional level. If we lose pets from our communities then the health cost to all of us could be huge.
Having pet-friendly places is one of the best ways to support pets and their owners.

But a study last year into the pet-friendliness of Australian cities produced worryingly low results across the board — and Sydney came in at the bottom. We might be a nation of pet lovers but our cities are certainly not very pet-friendly. The time has come in 2016 for Australia to catch up to the rest of the world.

Rather than focusing on potential problems of pets, nations throughout Europe and North America seem more willing to embrace all the positives they provide. Not only do pets have more exercise areas to let out that excess energy, they’re also ­accepted travel companions (on planes, trains and buses), dining companions (at ­restaurants and cafes) and even hotel guests.

They’ve made these changes and haven’t suffered with piles of poo or hurricanes of pet hair ruining their streets. That’s because owners feel the pressure to be responsible. More ­relaxed pet laws are seen as a privilege.
Most of our cities and towns have now become so non-inclusive of pets that a simple walk is more akin to a stroll through a minefield of potential fines, infringements and criticism. (Pic: Bob Barker)
Over the next six months, I will be reaching out to all Australians through social media, visiting communities of pet lovers and speaking to all levels of government to raise awareness of these issues to see what can be done.

As a start, we need more pet-­friendly rental properties, transport, cafes and outdoor spaces.
Let’s stand up for creatures that ­repeatedly stand up for us. We must act now or risk losing our best mates and all the benefits they bring forever.

So, together, let’s #keepauspetfriendly before it’s too late."

Originally published as Australia, we need to talk in the Herald Sun

Dogs may have been domesticated more than once

JUNE 2, 2016

For years, scientists have debated where dogs came from. Did wolves first forge their special relationship with humans in Europe, or in Asia? The answer, according to a new study, is yes. This week in Science, researchers report that genetic analysis of hundreds of canines reveals that dogs may have been domesticated twice, once in Asia and once in Europe or the Near East, although European ancestry has mostly vanished from today’s dogs.

The study includes a unique specimen: the inner ear bone of a nearly 5000-year-old dog unearthed from Newgrange, a football field–sized mound of dirt and stone on the east coast of Ireland, built around the time of Stonehenge.

The team then created a family tree for the animals, which revealed a deep divide between European dogs (like the Newgrange canine and the Golden Retriever) and Asian dogs (like the Shar Pei and free-ranging village dogs from Tibet and Vietnam.

The data suggest that the East-West split happened sometime between 6400 and 14,000 years ago. Humans domesticated dogs in Asia more than 14,000 years ago, and a small subset of these animals eventually migrated west through Eurasia, probably with people.

But here’s the twist: Archaeologists previously had found the remains of dogs in Germany that may be more than 16,000 years old, suggesting that dogs had already been domesticated in Europe by the time the Asian canines got there. (...)

There’s still work to do: In a release, the team says that they plan to put their theory to the test by analysing thousands of ancient dogs and wolves. If their theory holds, it would rewrite the story of how our beloved pets came to be.

For the full article by David Grimm in the journal Science, please read

Push to make landlords respect renters right to keep pets

MAY 25th, 2016

Residents of the Altair apartments in Kings Cross, where pets are embraced — a rarity according to the Tenants Union of NSW. Picture: Justin LloydSource: News Corp Australia
The push to let renters to have pets without having to ask is gaining force as the number of animals surrendered to the RSPCA grows because of inflexible landlords.

One-fifth of animal surrenders in NSW and Victoria are a result of changed living circumstances — their owners can’t find a place where they are allowed to keep them — according to the RSPCA.

And with more people renting for longer periods — especially in cities across Australia as the housing affordability issue bites, rental advocates say it’s time to let tenants take control.

In most Australian states, renters can only keep pets with landlord permission. Landlords don’t need a reason to refuse, and anecdotal evidence is, especially in high demand areas and cities, allowing pets is the exception rather than the rule.

With half of the people in NSW forecast to be living or working in strata buildings by 2040, Better Regulation Minister Victor Dominello said modern laws were needed which reflected the reality of 21st-century strata living (...)

For the full article by Debbie Schip from News Corp, please read

From Dog Farms in South Korea to New Lives as Pets Abroad

MAY 18th, 2016

Humane Society International, an animal-rights group that has begun a campaign against dog farms in South Korea. It is offering financial incentives to farmers — $2,000 to $60,000 depending on the number of dogs involved — who give up their animals to be adopted as family pets in the United States and elsewhere and switch to other livelihoods, like growing pepper or blueberries. Since last year, the group says it has shut down five farms.

A dog was rescued last month from a farm in Wonju, South Korea. 
 CreditPhoto Credit: Jean Chung for The New York Times
It is difficult to measure the global dog-meat trade, an industry that is deplorably regulated. Animal rights groups estimate that 30 million dogs, mostly stolen or feral, are killed each year for their meat in Asia, in countries such as China and Vietnam.

South Korea has industrialized its dog-meat trade. Each year, more than 17,000 dog farms, some of them raising more than 1,000 animals each, supply 2 million dogs to meet the country’s centuries-old appetite for dog meat, according to government data.

Increasingly South Koreans, especially the younger generation, find the idea of eating dog meat appalling. “Grandpa strokes my poodle on his lap and says, ‘This is just the right size for a bowl of bosintang,’ ” said Kim Yoo-na, 14, who recently visited a pet accessory store in Seoul with his mother. “He’s joking, but whenever he says that, I snatch my dog from him.”

Animal rights groups hope the campaign to free more dogs will boost public awareness about the animals’ plight ahead of the Winter Olympics in South Korea in 2018, when the country will be more sensitive to its international image.

For the full article by Choe Sang-Hun in the New York Times, visit

UW researchers test drug to extend dogs’ years

MAY 17th, 2016

The drug rapamycin, which lengthened the lives of laboratory mice, is being tested on dogs as University of Washington scientists look for alternatives to treating the individual maladies that come with age in humans.

A drug that slows aging, the logic goes, might instead serve to delay the onset of several major diseases at once.

(...) Scientists who champion the study of aging’s basic biology — they call it “geroscience” — say their field has received short shrift from the biomedical establishment. And it was not lost on the UW researchers that exposing dog lovers to the idea that aging could be delayed might generate popular support in addition to new data.

(...) Dog lovers have long known that pets age about seven times as fast as they do. And Kaeberlein knew that fact would be a boon for a study of rapamycin that would have implications for both species. An owner of two dogs himself, he was determined to scrounge up the money for the pilot phase of what he and Promislow called the Dog Aging Project.

The 40 dogs that participated in the rapamycin trial had to be at least 6 years old and weigh at least 40 pounds. Last month, he reported at a scientific meeting that no significant side effects had been observed in the dogs, even at the highest of three doses. And compared with dogs in the control group, the hearts of those taking the drug pumped blood more efficiently at the end. The researchers would like to enroll 450 dogs for a more comprehensive five-year study, but do not yet have the money to do it.

For the full article by Amy Harmon - New York Times, visit

Wild dog & fox baits to be released widely

MAY 16th, 2016


Two new wild dog/fox baits are about to be released widely. They contain a NEW poison, PAPP. Designed to eventually replace 1080, they are a more humane poison than 1080, but both poisons will be used for some time - you may not know which one your dog eats when you are bushwalking. 

Importantly, there IS an antidote for PAPP (not for 1080) but you have to get to the vet within an hour of poisoning. DO NOT make your pet vomit. Vets are being briefed on this poison right now. Be warned, the release of this product will increase local baiting.

Please read this fact sheet from the Australian Veterinary Association  for more information.

Luxembourg Set to Become the Most Animal-Friendly Country in the World

MAY 13, 2016

Luxembourg's leaders have proposed a far-reaching animal rights bill that advocates say could be the most progressive in the world if it becomes law.

"It goes further than any legislation that I'm aware of," said Kitty Block, vice president of Humane Society International. "It is impressive and it's taking on another whole area that traditionally anti-animal cruelty laws have not gone."

The proposed law assumes that animals are "living non-human sentient beings with a nervous system scientifically capable of feeling pain and experiencing other emotions" including "suffering and anguish," according to a ministry statement.

The legislation would ban slaughtering animals primarily for their fur, feathers, skin, or wool — an extraordinary provision, said Block — limit the sales of dogs and cats to reputable breeders, ban people from giving animals as gifts or prizes, and prohibit the poultry industry practice of killing male chicks because they don't lay eggs.

Etgen, the minister, said animal welfare legislation required "profound reform" because of what scientific advances had revealed about animals, and because of changes in how animals were viewed by human society.

If enacted, Luxembourg's law would put the grand duchy alongside Germany and the United Kingdom as countries that are most protective of animals, Block said. On the other side of the spectrum, she said, China and most African nations have no protections for animals at all.
The bill must now go to Luxembourg's parliament, where Etgen's Democratic Party is part of the governing coalition.

The detail of the proposed law was one issue, said the activists. Another was whether or not the law would be enforced. India, for example, has advanced animal protections that reflect the country's religious traditions. But Block said the Indian government did not enforce its laws.

For the full article in Vice News, please visit

Vets are now calling for urgent action to stop the suffering of flat-faced dogs

MAY 10th, 2016
According to the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare, almost all Pugs, Bulldogs and French Bulldogs (the so-called “extreme brachycephalics”) suffer from "choking".

“Choking” is defined as “having severe difficulty in breathing because of a constricted or obstructed throat or a lack of air”. This is normally seen as an emergency, yet bizarrely, it has become normal for flat-faced breeds of dogs to choke every day. The euphemistic technical term their suffering is “Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome” (BOAS).

Last month, the Norwegian Kennel Club instituted measures that show what can, and should, be done. These include outcross projects (using non-pedigree dogs to introduce longer, wider muzzles and easier breathing), and pre-breeding endurance tests on treadmills. Similar measures are being considered in Sweden and the Netherlands. By the way, breathing issues are just one of a multitude of health issues with this type of dog: they also suffer from eye, teeth, skin, neurological and whelping issues because of their distorted body shape.

We pride ourselves on being a nation of dog lovers but if we truly loved them, we would see beyond the "cute" and call time on our obsession with flat-faced dogs.

For the full article in The Telegraph, please visit

Australia's favourite dog names for 2015

DEC 14th, 2015

Medibank Pet Insurance data reveals that Australians are naming their four-legged friends the same with 'Bella' the most popular choice for both dogs and cats in 2015, followed by Charlie, Max, Mollie and Coco.

Top 10 most popular dog names

1. Bella
2. Charlie
3. Max
4. Molly
5. Ruby
6. Coco
7. Buddy
8. Oscar
9. Lucy
10. Toby

The most popular dog breeds for Australians in 2015

1. Maltese Cross
5. Cavoodle
10. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Labrador: The second most popular dog breed in 2015 (Source: Medibank Pet Insurance)

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