Legistrative Council E-Petitions

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Classify pet grooming as an essential service
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that all pet grooming services need to be classified as an essential service as thousands of dogs are currently suffering from severe pain and health issues due to the current restrictions.

Veterinarians are already under severe stress and many are at breaking point, either leaving the profession or taking their lives. They now have to deal with distressing animal welfare issues due to dogs not being groomed and calls from distraught owners begging for their pet to be given an exemption for grooming on animal welfare grounds.

Groomers are getting calls from desperate owners and are unable to provide assistance for those in need. With over 80,000 domestic dogs and only 1,300 groomers in metropolitan Melbourne, groomers were already struggling to keep up with the backlog and demand for their services even prior to the current lockdown.

Only retail pet groomers are able to provide services under strict animal welfare conditions, escalating the problem for thousands of dogs at risk and even more in the coming months heading into summer.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Government to immediately classify dog grooming as an essential service to protect the welfare and safety of animals and the mental health and wellbeing of veterinarians, groomers and pet owners.
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