Pet desexing in focus after petition rejected in parliament

THE mandatory desexing of pets debate has re-ignited in Queensland following the rejection of a petition by the state government.

The petition of more than 1500 signatures was tabled in state parliament last week calling for mandatory desexing of all dogs and cats.

The state government has previously rejected mandatory desexing, leaving it up to local councils to put in place such laws.

Southern Downs Regional Council currently don't have any laws in place on mandatory desexing, but do encourage pet owners to desex their pets if they don't intend to breed.

The RSPCA however has been a longtime supporter of mandatory desexing of cats and dogs at point of sale.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty says that the whole idea is to stamp out unwanted breeding.

"The goal of mandatory desexing would be to control the puppy farming situation and would use microchipping and registration to keep track of where dogs are," he said.

Dogs Queensland, the state governing body for pedigree dog breeders, is opposed to the idea.

Government and Agency Liaison for Dogs Queensland Sheppherd says that mandatory desexing isn't solution.

"You can't just make people go and have their dog desexed- it's nonsense." he said.

Mr Sheppherd says that the solution to unwanted breeding is breeder permits.

"We've had tremendous success implementing breeders permits with most local councils in Queensland." he said.

Mandatory desexing would be disastrous for the pedigree dog world according to Mr Sheppherd.

"It is a global requirement of the ANKC (Australian National Kennel Council) that pedigree show dogs are kept entire for exhibition- that's the rules." he said

The RSPCA's Michael Beatty says that registered breeders and working or pedigree show dogs would be exempt from mandatory desexing.