AN obscure law hidden as an amendment to a 1910 act means pet shops have been illegal for over a century.
The Queensland Transactions With Animals Tally Act of 1910 became the focus of committee debate today after legislators discovered provisions outlawing the sale of 'animals as pets in a store or household for money or horses'.
While the law was immediately struck from the books in an emergency sitting, the committee was forced to admit it is still a potential source of revenue raising.
Queensland Police Service Head of Revenue Mark Offersarful said "a list of pet stores operating before the law was struck down has been compiled."
"While there are no current plans to issue fines, we will be reassessing that decision once this month's speed camera revenues are counted.
"We are trying to avoid having to backdate the fines to 1910, but budget holes don't fill themselves."
Breeders And Pet Sellers Chairperson Ayla Mayo slammed the possibility of fines as "state tyranny at its worst."
"Crushing our freedoms is the lowest act these political masters could impose upon us," they said.
"With fines of those size we're likely to see breeders across the state locked up in horrifying conditions.
"Many of us in the industry simply can't understand why we're being punished like this."
Animal welfare groups responded immediately, saying "Good."
Environmentalists Without Boarders called on the government to reinstate the law to boost the adoption of rescued animals.
"Not only are they lovely, they're also vegan," they said in a release.
Could a Richard Di Natale please report to the pub to hear how the country should be run.
Frisky Business is a satire column. It is not real.
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