Animal de-sexing activist to fight
A BUDERIM animal shelter volunteer, who petitioned for compulsory de-sexing of all dogs and cats, has vowed to continue her campaign, despite Parliament rejecting her plea.
More than 1500 people across the state signed Amy Walker's petition calling for the animals to get the snip before six months of age.
The State Government rejected the petition on Friday, with Minister for Agriculture John McVeigh saying the decision would have to be made by local government.
Ms Walker said although she expected the petition to be rejected, she would continue to push for the law to be introduced by 2018.
"One day it will happen and I will continue to campaign until it does," she said.
"I am hoping it won't take five years, but I honestly believe that's how long it is going to take for these people to see some sense."
Mr Walker had the support of several Sunshine Coast animal welfare organisations, including the RSPCA.
Sippy Creek Animal Refuge animal coordinator Kym Sloman said compulsory de-sexing would save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats.
"So-called breeders are dumping their unwanted puppies and kittens at our doors because nobody wants to buy them," Ms Sloman said.
"They are using animals to make money and it's cruel.
"This year has been the worst year for us since I started with the shelter eight years ago."
Julie Penlington from 4Paws animal rescue said the number of animals being surrendered to shelters on the Coast was "horrendous".
"We have 50 dogs and 30 cats on our books at the moment, all of which need good homes," Ms Penlington said.
"These are dogs bought from pet shops or backyards for $200 because they were cute and cheap.
"Six months down the track they are not so cute and cheap, and the owners dump them with us.
"We need to stop backyard breeders and puppy farms before this situations gets worse - and it's already out of control."
The RSPCA in Queensland euthanised 6618 dogs and 9566 cats in 2010 and 2011.
Spokesman Michael Beatty said desexing should be compulsory before sale.
"Registered breeders should be made to de-sex their animals at eight weeks," Mr Beatty said.
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