On Tuesday, 25th June 2013 – just days before the Welsh Assembly was finally about to vote on the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations after years of delay, C.A.R.I.A.D. held The One Voice Rally outside The Senedd Building, Cardiff Bay.
We felt the time had come for the people of the U.K. to have the opportunity to unite at a peaceful rally to show the Welsh Government and National Assembly the importance of taking action on puppy farming and unscrupulous breeding in Wales. The Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations were going to be that ‘action’. Regulations that would ensure at least some protection and welfare standards for the thousands of dogs and puppies trapped in Welsh puppy farms. Representatives from across the community – political, veterinary, charity, clergy, media, members of the public and campaigners spoke with passion in support of an end to this barbaric trade.
Visit our dedicated One Voice Rally website page to read all about the day. (CLICK HERE)
ASTONISHINGLY, JUST DAYS AFTER THE ONE VOICE RALLY, AN ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE STATING THE REGULATIONS HAD BEEN POSTPONED, AGAIN! FOR A FOURTH TIME.
Here is the never before released FULL-LENGTH FILM of highlights from the day. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, not everyone who spoke or performed is on this film – but we are incredibly grateful to everyone who took part in this historic event.
The BATTERY FARMING of dogs is a cruel and abusive industry. It is known as ‘puppy farming’ but that expression does little to describe the true horrors that lie behind the doors of barns, sheds, caravans, and any number of inappropriate buildings across Wales. Those who perpetuate this vile trade argue that it is a viable form of farm diversity. It isn’t. The people who farm dogs in this way know nothing about dogs and in the words of one farmer they see them as just like any other crop. They also refer to their captives as ‘livestock’. They aren’t. They are domestic companion animals who are afforded less respect than the sheep, cattle or pigs on those same farms.
In two Welsh counties alone there are 156 licensed dog breeding establishments licensed for 4881 breeding dogs (2013 statistics). Many of these establishments are farms that have diversified into the farming of puppies, housing in some cases between 100-196 adult dogs in agricultural buildings.
If, like us, you think ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, firstly please SHARE this film with all your friends, family and colleagues. Then please write to your Assembly Member and the Welsh Government to urge them to introduce regulations to protect the welfare of dogs without any further delay. Below are sample letters to help you speak up for the thousands of dogs and puppies still suffering in Welsh puppy farms.
Letter to Assembly Members – Letter For Assembly Members
Letter to Alun Davies AM – Letter for Alun Davies AM