Party seeks ban on pet stores selling puppies and kittens
PET shops and pet abuse are on the agenda for the Australian Independents.
Party leader Patricia Petersen has vowed to ban pet shops from selling puppies and kittens.
Dr Petersen will also seek prison sentences for those who abuse animals.
She said about 70% of puppies and kittens bought from pet shops end up at animal shelters.
"We need to ensure that animals are properly protected,'' Dr Petersen said.
But Dale Bradford, the owner of Mad About Pets at Nambour, fears attempts to shut shops like hers will only give more power to puppy farms.
"The animals in my pet shop are always on view, people can clearly see how they are treated," Ms Bradford said.
"We also have a vet on call and we comply with council regulations in regard to microchipping.''
Dr Petersen said she would also look at legislation to curb backyard breeders.
Four Paws president Julie Penlington welcomed the proposals, but stressed the biggest issue was backyard breeders.