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Tuesday, 20 September 1994
Page: 978

Senator BURNS —by leave—I present to the Senate the following petition, from 33,341 citizens, which is not in conformity with the Standing Orders as it is not in the correct form:

Australia is responsible for the export of almost 8000 puppies to Asia every year.

Puppies as young as 8 weeks of age without adequate protection from vaccinations are being sold for as much as $12,000 as "designer accessories" for rich Asians, in pet shops and markets where they often become infected with deadly diseases such as parvovirus and distemper, or suffer neglect. After a long 9 hour flight, many puppies arrive in Asia with insufficient immunity to diseases. If they survive, their future is still bleak—a life of confinement in cramped high rise apartments with owners who know little about proper animal care. Already Asian countries cannot cope with their immense dog overpopulation problems.

Australia is responsible for over 3/4 of the pedigree puppies exported to Asia. No-one can guarantee the safety and welfare of our puppies.

We, the undersigned, want to put a stop to this barbaric trade and demand an immediate ban on the export of Australian puppies to Asia.