Many people have watched various TV exposés over the years with secret filming of filthy kennels, circling, terrified bitches, abusive breeders and yet the trade grows. This filming has always been done secretly at various farms in Wales.
Our aim is to show the situation in various areas around the country and to show whether Wales, as we all have long suspected is the major player in puppy farming. So far, the responses show that indeed, the problem in Wales is HUGE and far in excess of any other county. It also shows some other worrying pockets though.
It is not unusual to see breeders with well over FIFTY breeding dogs in other areas. Is this appropriate in any form? If a breeder has a huge property and staff, should this sort of breeding be licensed? Should there be some kind of limit on how many dogs a breeder has, regardless of how many they could fit in?
We think that there should be limits. For animals who ultimately share our homes, sleep in our beds, kiss our children, the early socialisation of a pet who shares an intimate relationship with us is vital. Anything less is dangerous, cruel and greedy. There must be a number at which the personal care, attention and normal behaviour of dogs is affected by numbers.
So the question is – what is that number? And bear in mind, there are a few very good breeders, who health test, have dogs in the home and offer lifetime back up.
When the report is ready, will anyone listen? Will the Welsh Assembly or the councils in the two most prolific counties do anything? Will people finally STOP buying them? Watch this space and see.
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