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Code of Ethics

 

Preamble

The primary mission of the Dingo CARE Network Inc is to preserve the dingo Canis dingo for future generations. We believe that the dingo is at grave risk of extinction. The dingo has been listed as a threatened species in Victoria under s16 of the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, and has been placed on the United Nations Register for animals of threat of extinction in the wild.

The dingo is a unique Australian animal that existed as the top order predator in the Australian ecosystem for more than 5000 years before European settlement.

During the past 200 years baiting, trapping, shooting, and the dilution of the pure gene pool by interbreeding with domestic dogs have threatened the very existence of the dingo. Experts have suggested that there will be no pure dingoes left in the wild in 20 years. Dingo CARE Network Inc acknowledges that keeping dingoes in captivity is not ideal, yet we believe this is the only alternative if the dingo is to survive for the next 200 hundred years and beyond.

Purpose

The code identifies the core values on which the organization’s goals and objectives are based and establishes a set of specific ethical standards that should be used as a guide for all members.

The code provides ethical standards to which Government departments, other organizations and the general public can hold members of Dingo CARE Network Inc accountable.

The code articulates standards that members must attain, in particular, those pertaining to the legal requirements for keeping dingoes. In subscribing to this code, members are required to cooperate in the implementation of the code.

Values

Conservation

 To conserve the dingo by managing and promoting a captive breeding program with stock shown to be DNA pure and believed to be viable for conservation purposes, and by lobbying to have the dingo taken off state and territory vermin lists and officially recognized as an endangered native species.

Appreciation

To appreciate the unique qualities and characteristics, cultural, social and biological, of the dingo, an animal, which the best evidence suggests, has survived in the Australian eco system for approximately 5000 years.

Research

To initiate, support, encourage and participate in research on all aspects of the dingo, including, but not restricted to, its biological and behavioral traits and ecological function: and the significance of the dingo to aboriginal history and culture.

Education

Many myths continue to obscure and confuse interpretations of the nature of the dingo. Well informed education about the nature of the dingo and its place in the Australian ecosystems, – for all levels of society, from lawmakers to schoolchildren, is essential for the dingo’s survival.

Code of Practice

Legal Responsibilities

Members must be cognizant of current laws and regulations pertaining to the keeping of dingoes in the State or Territory where they keep dingoes.

Members must ensure that dingo management and record keeping complies with legal requirements of the State or Territory where the dingoes are kept.

Where the law is in conflict with the primary objective of conserving the dingo, the Dingo CARE Network is committed to reform of the law by reasonable means.

Management of dingoes

That members provide for the total needs of dingoes in their care including, but not restricted to:

  • Exercise, stimulation and socialization
  • Health and veterinary care
  • Nutrition and water
  • An escape proof enclosure with adequate provision for protection from the elements.
  • Ensuring that any dingo that is out of its enclosure is under the control of a responsible adult.
  • Ensuring that all dingoes are micro-chipped.

Breeding

Members will only breed from dingoes that have been DNA tested, and no dog genes have been identified in the test except under exceptional circumstances when approved by the committee.

Members will subscribe to the principle that dingoes are only bred to order and ideally, bitches are only permitted to whelp in their second, fourth and sixth year of life, unless there is an unprecedented demand for dingo pups.

Members will ensure that all pairs selected for breeding are genetically diverse; that is, not related.

Members will ensure that dingoes are only transferred to responsible owners who have demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of the dingo and are willing to comply with this code of practice.

Members will comply with relevant State or Territory laws pertaining to breeding and disposal of dingoes and their pups.

The primary purpose of breeding is the conservation of the dingo. While the sale of pups will be deemed acceptable, to recoup some breeding costs (e.g. veterinary care costs) breeding for the purpose of financial gain is discouraged. Because breeding for conservation is our primary purpose, the Dingo CARE Network Inc aims to facilitate the placement of dingoes with suitable owners regardless of their ability to pay.

In principle, the Dingo CARE Network does not consider the breeding of dingoes to be the prerogative of particular persons within the organization. The Network, therefore, makes no arbitrary distinction between breeders and non-breeders amongst the membership. Notwithstanding the restrictions stipulated elsewhere within the Code of Ethics, all members are potential breeders.

Each year in November the Committee will make recommendations for breeding for the following year, taking into account:

  • Expected demand for pups
  • The need to ensure breeding pairs is as diverse as possible taking into account the need to ensure breed lines are continued.
  • That all members owning a bitch have the opportunity to breed before the bitch reaches her sixth birthday.

When breeding for the keeping of dingoes in domestic situation members will ensure that pups are imprinted at the time of birth.

Representation of the Organization

Members have a responsibility to share knowledge of the dingo with the public by encouraging the understanding of the dingo, its history, behavior, socialization and biological traits. This imperative implies an obligation to counter any false views related to the dingo.

Members will act as an advocate for the preservation of the dingo and, where appropriate, provide expert advice to Government departments and others.

Compliance with code of ethics

The future of the dingo in part depends on members caring for individual dingoes in a captive situation. Not only is it important for members to adhere to the principles expressed in this Code, each member should encourage and support adherence by other members

Adherence of members to a code of ethics is largely a voluntary matter. However, if a member does not follow this code by engaging in gross misconduct, membership in Dingo CARE Network may be terminated.

August 2015