Government Sponsored Cruelty
The mass breeding of battery farmed puppies came into being when milk quotas were introduced in the 1980s. The Government encouraged Farmers to apply for Grants to diversify, to supplement the low prices paid for milk quotas.
This criminal funding was given without any thought for the welfare standards of the breeding dogs and the puppies they produced.
The farmers latched onto the word ‘farming’ hence the title “Puppy Farming”.
Obsolete barns, outbuildings disused chicken houses are used, most dogs are kept locked inside 24 hours a day in complete darkness for years. The dogs are forced to eat, sleep and give birth in the same area they urinate and defecate.
Battery Farmed Puppies
It is estimated 50,000 puppies from Ireland and 28,000 from Wales are trafficked into England every year. Most of the puppies are destined for pet shops and dealers, who will advertise them in local newspapers and on the internet.
Puppies are taken off their mother at about 4 weeks old which is far too young, they are transported to where they will eventually be sold from. These small puppies could travel hundreds of miles and be passed around several times before they reach their selling point.
Death is common and is an acceptable loss in the “trade”.
Puppy Farms are legal.
Unscrupulous Breeders and Puppy Farms
Sadly not every dog breeder is honest or caring of our canine friends. Pedigree puppies can fetch high sums of money.
An initial search online brings the large websites first, so many puppies needing homes.
A quick summary of warning alarm bells should be:-
- Puppies that are offered to be delivered.
- An owner who seems reluctant to use a landline or give an address.
- Puppies for sale in pet stores.
- A meeting at a strange location e.g. motorway service station.
A good breeder will be very keen to know about you. Be prepared for a reputable breeder to make your enquiry feel more like an interview. Make sure you visit the home of the breeder and see the parents of the puppy, I would even go as far as getting references.
We were fooled, everything looked right, the breeder claimed she only bred one litter a year, and is Kennel Club Registered! I kept in touch with the breeder sending photos and stories, then at six months old Molly developed serious health problems, the most devastating of which is Syringomyelia. I contacted the breeder expressing my concern, I have not had any response. This breeder is under suspicion for unscrupulous breeding and possible involvement in Puppy Farming.
Remember the Poor Puppy
Whatever you do, please do not return the puppy if it is ill – you could be sending it to its death. Instead approach the breed rescue organisation for advice.
Video of Puppy Farming Conditions
The video shows typically poor conditions of puppy farming. Some viewers may find the images upsetting: www.dogs-r-us.org
From Puppy Love Campaigns July 2010
July 2010 week saw two important announcements regarding puppy farming in Wales and Ireland.
In Ireland new legislation has finally become law. However, Puppy Love do not feel these new regulations will help the thousands of dogs suffering in puppy farms in Ireland because there will be no limit on the numbers of dogs a person can have to breed from, meaning the very large numbers of dogs at any one farm will not change. No veterinary inspection prior to the licensing of premises. No clarification on the types of buildings/kennels for dogs to be used and this new ruling is based on our own governments Breeding of Dogs Act which fails miserably at every turn.
The news from Wales about their new proposals is much better and we at Puppy Love are more optimistic the new measures should help make the lives of breeding dogs more comfortable.
Of course we have to see if the new laws are passed in Wales and if the enforcement procedure is strong enough to make sure new rules are not broken.
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