WHY DID BLUE CROSS LOBBY AGAINST THEIR OWN DAMNING EVIDENCE?

Posted: May 2, 2018 in Diary

Why did Blue Cross go to great lengths to expose the suffering of puppies in pet shops then go to even greater lengths to ensure they’re kept there?

In September 2016 two Blue Cross team members travelled across the UK to investigate the commercial breeding and sale of pets. Their resulting documentary was entitled ‘What Lies Ahead’.

The Blue Cross documentary opens with undercover footage taken inside a licensed UK pet shop, and a Blue Cross team member stating: “I think there’s about 90 pet shops that are currently licensed to sell puppies in store we certainly at Blue Cross believe that puppies should not be sold in pet shops and we would advocate for a ban.”

The Blue Cross team members then discuss licensing of pet shops. One team member states: “We have found during our research vast discrepancies and inconsistencies across inspections.” The team member proceeds to show her colleague an inspection report that is typed up and five pages long, then another which is one page and handwritten.

In December 2016, Blue Cross released their Unpicking the Knots report alongside their What Lies Ahead documentary.

Unpicking the Knots

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/unpicking-knots

Within their report, Blue Cross highlights the fact extensive animal welfare and breeding and sale of dogs legislation already exists, yet despite this, animals continue to suffer and licensing continues to fail them.

Two Centuries of Pet Welfare Legislation

In December 2016, Blue Cross were very clear – pet shops were not the place for puppies to be sold and the whole third-party trade was detrimental to dog welfare.

Yet, in October 2016, Blue Cross submitted a joint briefing to DEFRA in conjunction with Dogs Trust urging DEFRA to ignore the advice of the EFRA Committee and not introduce a third-party puppy sales ban, instead, proceed with more licensing: The very licensing that Blue Cross had exposed in their Unpicking Knots report as having failed the dogs for decades.

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/09/14/dogs-trust-and-blue-cross-joint-briefing-to-defra-against-a-ban/

Throughout 2017 and now into 2018, Blue Cross continues to defend its stance on not supporting an immediate third-party puppy sales ban, citing numerous spurious claims, unsupported by any evidence, such as the trade would go underground. They have been vocal in both media publications and in their own publications.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dogs-trust-blue-cross-efra-sub-committee-puppy-pet-shops-ban-animal-welfare-a7609266.html

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/our-campaign-tackle-irresponsible-breeding-and-sale-pets

Blue Cross have made it very clear, they do not support an immediate third-party ban. They do not support Lucy’s Law.

Why then did they bother travelling across country to expose the horrors of puppy farming and pet shop puppies? Why did they state in their report that puppies should not be sold in pet shops and they would advocate for a ban? Why are they constantly jumping on the puppy farming and puppy dealing bandwagon giving the impression to the general public that they want to see an end to puppy farming and puppy dealing but continue to focus on the ‘illegal’ trade when the legal trade is equally as damaging?

Why did Blue Cross go to great lengths to expose the suffering of puppies in pet shops then go to even greater lengths to ensure they’re kept there?

And how is it that Blue Cross no longer support a third party ban or the Lucy’s Law petition, when they were extremely vocal about supporting the Pup Aid petition in 2014, which called for the same thing.

Politics Home Pup Aid Petition 2014

https://www.politicshome.com/press-release/blue-cross/55657/blue-cross-calls-ban-sale-puppies-and-kittens-pet-shops

To find out whether Blue Cross came to its senses and finally supported an immediate ban on puppies being traded as commodities by third party sellers we’ll have to wait until their response to the Government is in the public domain. (Submissions close at 11.45 pm tonight, 2nd May 2018).

We look forwarded to scrutinising their submission document at that time. And we really hope they take the time to scrutinise our coalition’s.

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