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December issue of Pet Industry News will be on Line by Wednesday 13th December and the hard copy will be at the mail house by the end of this week.

In this issue

Caroline reports on the End of Life Industry
The pet funeral industry is booming with an array of pet loss products and services to farewell and honour our beloved companion animals. Caroline Zambrano explores the trends and successes of the Australian pet end-of-life industry, and how businesses can improve to meet changing grieving pet owner demands.

AusPet2017 Award winners - see what's new for next year

John Dawes report on Hawaii's issues on Aquarium Fish collecting

Update of Carp Virus (CY-HV3) by Norm Halliwell who attended the NCCP (National Carp Control Plan) meeting.

And more.........


The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) are completely dumbfounded with Labor’s insidious act in disregarding one of the most progressive decisions the retail industry, first ruled by the Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) and upheld by five judges of the Federal Court in the Senate yesterday.

Both the ALP and the Greens have tampered with the Fair Work Amendment (Repeal of 4 Yearly Reviews and Other Measures) Bill 2017, hastily adding two amendments which will severely stifle employment growth and smother small businesses across the country.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA said Labor’s underhanded actions have made a mockery of a fair-minded organisation, the Australian Justice system and taxpayers money.

“Labor have undermined the integrity of the Fair Work Commission, an independent umpire, established by the Labor Government in 2009, to ensure employers across all industries in Australia are treated fairly,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The ALP have also disregarded Australia’s court system, as the Federal Court agreed with the Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates to be in-line with Saturday penalty rates, as this reduction would allow retailers to open their stores for longer, and enable retailers the opportunity to employ more staff on weekends.”

With the Labor Party overlooking the judiciary, and disobeying their own self-governing establishment, the ARA are confused as to why Labor formed the Fair Work Commission at all, as it has been costing Australians millions of dollars every year.

“Like the Australian Justice system, the Fair Work Commission was established to serve the best interest of the Australian public, and Labor’s rushed amendments to the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2017 is not only hypocritical, it will have detrimental effects to small and large businesses across Australia,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The ARA thank the Government on behalf of employees and employers in the retail industry, for supporting small businesses and requesting this amended Bill be heavily examined.”

The ARA believe a moderate reduction, not removal of penalty rates will increase youth employment within the retail industry, and enable retailers to remain competitive in the 24/7 global marketplace.

“With many retailers across the board unable to open their doors on Sundays, the reduction of penalty rates will enable retailers to look at employing more staff on a Sundays as it is their busiest trading day of the week,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Pet Products on Amazon: 2017 Update
By Nathan Rigby, VP Sales and Marketing at One Click Retail

Pet products have never been healthier. Healthier in both senses of the word: revenues are up and consumers are more concerned than ever for the health and wellbeing of their pets. More than half of American homes contain pets and a growing majority of pet owners are young urban professionals, a group that tends to treat their pets as family members (in contrast to rural homes, where pets are more likely to live outdoors and be treated as farm animals). This urban pet-owning demographic also does more of their shopping online. According to Pet Product News, pet products is one of the fastest-growing online retail categories, with a 45% increase in the last two years of the total amount of consumers who go online to buy products for their pets. And where are they going? Amazon, of course.

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence Rating up 0.7% to 115.8

ANZ-Roy Morgan Australian Consumer Confidence bounced 0.7% to 115.8 this week, partially reversing the 1.2% fall in the previous week. The improvement was broad based, with four out of five sub-indices posting gains. Households are more optimistic about current and future economic conditions, with the sub-indices up 1.7% and 0.5% respectively. In four week moving average terms, views towards current economic conditions are at their highest point since late 2013.

Be aware, prepare your pets for natural disasters
With the bushfire and flood season ahead of us, the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is advising pet owners to consider the furry members of their family when preparing for natural disasters.
AVA President, Dr Paula Parker, said it’s critical to include pets in your disaster plan.
“With so many Australians living in bushfire zones it’s vital that they’re prepared for an emergency, and that includes pets.
“Don’t wait until it’s too late. Start today by making a plan and preparing a disaster kit. Planning ahead is vital and can not only help save human lives but also save pets’ lives.
“The decision to evacuate or stay at home is always a critical one. Try to keep your pets in a room or area of your home where they can be quickly collected if you need to leave urgently, and make sure you have their carry cages and leads on hand.

“Put together an emergency kit for your animals with lots of non-perishable food and water in spill-proof containers and remember to include any medications,” she said.

“If you become separated from your pet in an emergency evacuation advise local vets, animal welfare shelters and rescue organisations. It’s crucial that your pet is microchipped and registered with the local council to make it easier to be re-united in an emergency,” she said.

Contact your local veterinarian for help putting together a disaster kit for your pets so evacuation goes smoothly for your entire family.

AVA brochures on protecting pets in natural disasters are available for download from the AVA website at

The AVA is running its Be Aware, Prepare campaign over summer to raise awareness of summer hazards and the importance of planning for natural disasters – for all animal owners.

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