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
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
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.