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Putting an end to the business of cruelty.

The Animals

Most intensive breeding operations prioritise financial gain over welfare. This often means that the animals that are bred in these facilities are often ‘designer’ breeds that attract a highsale price. We commonly see ‘designer’ breeds including French Bulldogs, Pugs, Dachshunds, Cavoodles and other Poodle crossbreeds, Ragdolls, teacup breeds, English Bulldogs and more bred in these facilities. Sadly, a number of these popular breeds are prone to genetic health conditions and exaggerated features that may require veterinary intervention. Not only can this impact on an animal’s welfare but it also can come as a rude shock to new owners who may have no choice but to pay thousands in veterinary bills to address breed-related problems. These breeds can be bred responsibly with proper experience, veterinary support and careful selection to ensure all generic traits that may compromise an animal’s welfare are minimised. However, intensive breeding operations do not do this.

Animals born or kept in intensive breeding facilities may be subject to a host of other welfare concerns, including overcrowding, constant confinement, over-breeding, early infant-mother separation, a lack of veterinary care, unhygienic housing conditions and a number of other health complications. In these facilities they are often incapable of exercising, socialising, playing, or interacting with humans. As a result of the terrible conditions in which they are bred, many puppies from these facilities have long-term behavioural or health problems that can stay with them throughout their lives. These include chronic skin, ear and eye problems, increased risk of infections, chronic anxiety, heartworm, severe dental disease, congenital abnormalities and behaviour issues like inappropriate toileting.ensive breeding facility click here.

Whilst we have been able to rehome many animals that have come from these environments, many require specialised rehabilitation to ensure these animals can live happy and healthy lives. Occasionally, we must make the incredibly difficult decision to euthanise an animal if our veterinarians determine that the animal is considered cruel to be kept alive. We work closely with industry experts and smaller rescue groups to ensure we can rehome as many animals as possible. For more information about adopting an animal from an intensive breeding facility click here.

Intensive Breeding Taskforce FAQs

In NSW, it is not illegal for breeders to sell animals to pet shops for sale to the public. The sale of animals in pet shops falls under the Animal Welfare Code of Practice – Animals in pet shops, and pet shops must comply with the requirements outlined in that Code at all times. If you are worried that a pet shop is not meeting the Code, please report it to us here so we can investigate.

RSPCA NSW inspectors can only seize animals if they suspect, on reasonable grounds, that:

  • an offence against The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act (1979) or The Animal Welfare Code of Practice is being, has been, or is about to be committed
  • the animal has not been provided with proper and sufficient food or drink during the previous 24 hours
  • the animal is so severely injured, sick or in such a physical condition that it is necessary that the animal be provided with urgent veterinary treatment and that treatment is not being provided

Unless at least one of the above conditions is met, our inspectors do not have the legal authority to seize an animal.