Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

Thanks to Dogs NSW for Contribution to Companion Animals Taskforce

Tuesday January 21, 2014

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today personally thanked Dogs NSW for their

contribution to the State Government’s Companion Animals Taskforce.

Tanya Davies was speaking after meeting with Minister for Local Government

Don Page, Dogs NSW President Elisabeth Gunter and Senior Vice President

Tom Couchman ahead of the imminent release of the Government’s response

to the Companion Animals Taskforce Report.

“I would like personally like to thank Mr Couchman for being on the taskforce

and for volunteering his valuable time to strike a balance between community

protection and animal welfare,’’ Tanya Davies said.

“With their sizeable membership Dogs NSW represents a sizeable proportion of

animal lovers in NSW.

“The Government sees many of their initiatives and suggestions as being part of

the solution.’’

Mr Page also thanked the Taskforce and Dogs NSW.

“The vital work of the Taskforce and Dogs NSW will help add to the protection of

companion animals, and safeguard the community for decades to come,’’ Mr

Page said.

Mr Page and Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson set up the

Companion Animals and Dangerous Dogs Taskforce to examine regulatory

options available to reduce euthanasia rates for companion animals and lower

the number of serious dog attacks.

The O’Farrell-Stoner Government has already acted on some of the Taskforce’s

recommendations, with the passing of amendments to the Companion Animals

Act to create a new category of “menacing dog” and tougher penalties for

irresponsible dog owners to help safeguard the community.

The Liberals & Nationals Government is overhauling the way companion

animals are managed in NSW, to better protect the NSW community from the

threat of dangerous dog attacks and ensure animal welfare.

The Taskforce, chaired by practising vet Andrew Cornwell MP, provided two

reports to the NSW Government with 38 recommendations.