Opposition Leader Luke Foley said: "Labor took a strong and comprehensive animal welfare policy to the election ... we will legislate to end the cruelty and exploitation within commercial dog breeding by banning large scale puppy farms."
Greens MP Dr John Kaye will also introduce a bill this week to ban all greyhound racing in NSW after more revelations about the abuse of live animals being used as bait were exposed in Queensland.
The Greens toughened their stance on greyhound racing amid the latest revelations of animal cruelty of possums being put into rolling cages and used as live bait. Dr Kaye said there are now only eight countries left in the world that allow commercial greyhound racing and in the US, 39 states have banned the practice.
"Animals, gambling and profits are a particularly toxic mix," said Dr Kaye. "As long as there is commercial greyhound racing there will be animal cruelty."
Last week, a joint investigation by Fairfax Media and animal welfare group Oscar's Law revealed a puppy factory near Inverell, in northern NSW, where conditions were so squalid, dogs were living inside old portable water containers.
The farm's owners were selling litters of "pure bred" pups online for as much as $1500 each. But internet photos of the cute pooches camouflaged the cycle of cruelty that was being lived by many adult breeding dogs onsite.
In a dual exercise with NSW Police, the RSPCA conducted an inspection at the remote farm last Tuesday and found its operator to be in breach of "numerous non-compliance issues" under the Breeders Code of Practice. The RSPCA left with 16 dogs suffering from a state of neglect. But as The Sun-Herald confirmed last week, there is no regulatory system in place to stop rogue breeders from continuing to operate. While Victoria and the ACT are rolling out reforms that outlaw the farms, and give the RSPCA greater powers to prosecute, they remain legal in NSW through a one-off council permit system that has no renewal, registration or inspection framework in place.
Mr Foley said it was time to stop businesses that breed thousands of puppies each year and force bitches to produce never ending litters. "Labor's legislation will crack down on breeders exploiting dogs in terrible conditions just to make a buck," he said.
Dr Kaye, meanwhile, said the Greens' Greyhound Racing Prohibition Bill 2015 seeks to ban all greyhound racing by January 1, 2016.
He said it would dissolve the regulator Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) and transfer its assets to the Minister for Racing, to be used for rehabilitating and re-homing affected dogs and transitioning current employees of GRNSW to new employment.
The Bill would also prohibit greyhounds being exported from NSW, other than as companion animals, to end the state's contribution to international greyhound racing, in particularly low welfare destinations such as Vietnam and Macau.
"The breadth of animal welfare violations exposed in NSW and Queensland makes it clear that no amount of reform can create an industry that can meet to community standards," he said.
A spokesperson for the Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said members of parliament were entitled to table a bill "which is subject to the parliamentary process."