Having created a great interest from brilliant people on Twitter today, I want to make sure this info gets out in as many places as possible. Puppy farming is growing because people still buy them. A current case of planning permission highlights exactly what we are fighting against. A farmer in Carmarthenshire who appears to have previously frequently breached permissions wants retrospective permission for a 196 dog breeding shed. Yes, you read that right, 196 breeding dogs. He’s been doing it for years.
This is the tip of the iceberg. There are many more, churning out tens of thousands of puppies yearly and growing all the time. There have been many campaigns, endless petitions and several secret filming exposes, so why is it still happening? Easy, you still buy them. I discovered many years ago that the idea that all buyers were ignorant and conned by outlets is rubbish. Many, many owners have told me they did it despite suspecting and some even deliberately. This was often because they’d been turned away by good breeders or rescues and wouldn’t listen. The farming outlets just want your money, they don’t care if the breed is unsuitable for you, they”ll give you your money back if it’s sick when you get home and don’t want to know if it isn’t still cute and can’t be resold.
Don’t play the “I rescued it” card either, this is an insult to those of us who do real rescue, we don’t fund puppy farmers. Yes it’s hard to walk away from a cute puppy in a clean shop. Remember how many didn’t make it that far, think about the parents, already breeding more in stinking, cruel, filthy sheds and the farmers, laughing at your stupidity.
If you buy a sick puppy or one that has mental issues or suffers from a preventable hereditary illness, do something about it, don’t just moan. Trading Standards may be able to take action if the pup’s parents weren’t health tested and you should report it to the council whether a home breeder or farmer as there may well have been a licence issued.
If you want to complain about the 196 dog breeding kennels, go here
More advice on safe buying is on http://www.ethicalbreeding.com