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Sale of companion animals at markets

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Ratification Date: 25 Jul 2013

Policy

Companion animals should not be sold at markets.

Background

The sale of companion animals in markets encourages impulse buying and may compromise the animals’ welfare. The transient nature of some markets or vendors could inhibit the trace-back of disease outbreaks and relevant history of the animals sold.

Guidelines

The guidelines below are the minimum requirements, where the sale of companion animals at markets is permitted.

If proprietors wish to allow the sale of animals at a market they should ensure that adequate records are maintained, including the name(s) and contact details of the vendors. Proprietors should be acquainted with the requirements of the relevant state or territory legislation and ensure that vendors comply.4

Welfare

All animals offered for sale must be weaned and self-sufficient. Adequate food, water and shelter must be provided at the point of sale. Dogs and cats should be microchipped and desexed before sale.

Health

Animals should be vaccinated as applicable to the species and treated for internal and external parasites before sale. Documentation on vaccination, feeding requirements and health records must be provided to the purchaser.

Veterinary care

Every market organiser should have a formal agreement with a veterinarian or veterinary practice to be on call for the treatment of animals and general advice. No animal suspected of being sick, injured or diseased may be sold.

Other relevant policies and position statements

Companion animals in pet shops

References

Pet Industry Association of Australia: http://piaa.net.au/news/piaa-pet-stores-stamp-out-puppy-farms-and-guarante/ (Accessed July, 2012)

Date of ratification by AVA Board: 25 July 2013