Transparency and traceability have always been an enormous obstacle in the online pet classified environment because both lead to accountability, the lack of which is something the unscrupulous pet selling trade have literally made a killing on for many years.

GUMTREE

https://www.petgazette.biz/20599-gumtree-introduces-measures-to-clamp-down-on-illegal-pet-trade-and-improve-animal-welfare/

The announcement by Gumtree to introduce a nominal fee for advertising pets online represents a step forward. Whilst the selling of any animal as a commodity is not something we can ever feel comfortable with, the reality is that it is not about to disappear overnight. And as we have also said for a very long time, as welcome as the PAAG standards and guidelines are, they have not prevented unscrupulous traders to operate.

The end of the free listings of pets for sale on Gumtree means that those who do use this medium will no longer be able to disappear without trace once they’ve made a sale. They will now have to pay for their advertisements which will require a method that requires a bank account, which in turn requires an address. This will serve to improve public protection against unscrupulous sellers and aid the authorities and other organisations in tracing offenders.

Along with other proposed measures yet to be announced, this is another step in the right direction to help combat not only puppy farming and the puppy trade, but the appalling and merciless trade in exotic animals.

Eliminating free classified advertising for pets via a nominal payment system is something that we have recommended on many occasions over the years, so we are relieved that Gumtree have changed their policy with immediate effect.

Gumtree have set a benchmark for the classified industry, and it is now incumbent on all classified advertisers, whether online or offline, that allow pets to be advertised for sale, to follow suit without delay – including social media platforms such as Facebook.

C.A.R.I.A.D. LITTLE GEMS AUCTION

Posted: July 28, 2018 in Diary

We’re really excited to be holding our first ever fundraising auction which we hope will help fund some of the ambitious projects we have coming up for the dogs.

Auction Teaser

Dogs are incredibly precious and it’s rare for us to show you something totally upbeat. But our auction is sure to make you smile because it’s an auction of beautiful, dazzling jewellery! So, we’ve called it our Little Gems Auction because it’s all about raising money to help all those precious little gems out there who need us.

The auction is now LIVE, visit the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Cariad-Little-Gems-Auction-Page-476596949478299/

There are items to suit all budgets and all occasions including precious genuine gemstones set in precious metals. Perfect for treating yourself, giving as gifts for family and friends, or stocking up early for Christmas.

HAPPY BIDDING!

C.A.R.I.A.D. CRUNCH TIME

Posted: July 18, 2018 in Diary

C.A.R.I.A.D. Crunch Time

To all our wonderful friends and supporters, we have a confession to make.

Because we have spent all our time investigating breeders and sellers of sick puppies, supporting and assisting families left devastated by unscrupulous puppy traders, obtaining evidence to provide to local authorities and the RSPCA which has led to raids and in some cases prosecutions, negotiating the safe release of unwanted breeding dogs to rescues, working with documentary makers and the press to expose the barbaric puppy trade and keep the plight of puppy farm breeding dogs front and centre so that the focus isn’t always just on puppies, and of course lobbying for legislative change, we have had no time to do any fundraising for our work or even look for sponsors. In fact, to be honest, we’ve been so 100% focused on our work for the dogs, that the urgency of our need to fundraise didn’t hit us until last week.

What began as a small campaign around a kitchen table in our spare time eight years ago, quickly required full-time commitment by us, seven days a week. And although we are still small in terms of people, we hope you will agree that we have made a big impact with our initiatives over the years.

Ironically about 90% of what we do continues to be covert and behind the scenes – work we can’t share publicly. But we are and have always been happy to be the quiet achievers because taking credit isn’t what we’re about. We’re about developing solutions and getting results for dogs.

However, as we enter a new era in the fight to end puppy farming, we still have an enormous amount of work to do for the breeding dogs and their puppies. And now we need your help to keep going for them, and to keep being the voice of our exploited, abused neglected canine friends.

It is out of character for us to ask for financial support, but as we are now on our knees we need your help to keep going for the dogs that need us. Whatever you feel able to donate, it will be appreciated beyond any words we would write here.

Thank you so much.

https://cariadcampaign.wordpress.com/donate/

On Wednesday, 11th July 2018 C.A.R.I.A.D. held a Lucy’s Law Wales event at The Senedd. The event was kindly sponsored by Eluned Morgan AM and co-sponsored by Vikki Howells AM.

Lucy’s Law was launched on 6th December 2017 at a reception hosted by vet and campaigner, Marc Abraham, founder of Pup Aid, and supported by APDAWG, the All Party Parliamentary Group for dog welfare, chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP. Lucy’s Law is being championed by the Daily Mirror, and has received significant attention and support, from MPs across all parties, from the press and in social media including greatly appreciated support from Dogs Today, Dogs Monthly and Our Dogs (read more …)

Here are some photographs from the Lucy’s Law Wales event, as well as The Mirror report courtesy of our friend and exceptional journalist, Andrew Penman. We are especially grateful to all the wonderful puppy farm survivors who came along with their human carers and especially to the amazing volunteers from Friends of the Animals Wales.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/wales-unites-behind-lucys-law-12898741

Lucys Law 1

Lucy's Law Wales 3

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Lucy's Law Wales 6

We are so excited about the launch of The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm by author, Marie Stubbs. Why? Firstly, because it’s not only a great story for dog lovers of all ages, but an important story as well. And secondly because Marie has generously offered the proceeds of her book to help four organisations close to her heart.

The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm

As well as helping C.A.R.I.A.D. in our relentless fight against puppy farming, the book will also help The League Against Cruel Sports in their work to stop dog fighting, Vets Get Scanning with their campaign for mandatory scanning of microchips to reunite lost and stolen pets, and Muffinpug Rescue who rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pugs – so many of whom have been purchased on a whim and are then sadly discarded because of their health issues.

We are also incredibly grateful to wonderful animal champion, Peter Egan, for writing the foreword for this book. You can find out more about The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm and how to buy a copy (which we really hope you will!) here: https://evilsecretofchestnutfarm.wordpress.com/

HELP TURN WALES PINK FOR #LUCYSLAW

Posted: June 14, 2018 in Diary

If you live in Wales, we would be so grateful for your help with this.

You’ll have seen that thanks to the support of Councillors in Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly, both Councils have passed motions of support for Lucy’s Law. This is such a significant development and we, or rather the puppy farm dogs, urgently need more Councils to follow suit.

Map of Wales Lucys Law

While the UK government is looking at ways to implement #LucysLaw (an immediate ban on the selling of puppies by third parties) in England, we need to impress on the Welsh government, why it is imperative that Wales also implements a ban to protect the breeding dogs in puppy farms here from continued exploitation. Getting Welsh councils on board is an important part of this.

#LucysLaw has cross party support, so it really doesn’t matter which party your Councillor or Council is; there is certain to be someone there who will want to get behind this.

Your local Councillor holds a surgery where you are able to meet them face to face but if you prefer to contact them via email, we’ve provided a template for you to use. It explains what Lucy’s Law is and why support for it in Wales is vital. It also asks them to put #LucysLaw forward as an agenda item for discussion at the next Council meeting so that hopefully your Council will join other Welsh Councils in supporting this vital dog welfare initiative to combat puppy farming.

Please do let us know how you get on in your area – especially if you convince your Councillor to get this on the agenda.

Together – let’s turn our map of Wales pink for all the Lucy’s out there who have suffered for so long. Thank you so much for helping these exploited dogs to have a voice in Wales.

You can find out who your local Councillor is here: Find Your Local Councillors

Here is a template that you can use to email your Councillor. Please feel free to personalise this template with your own thoughts. Thank you.

Dear Councillor  [NAME]

As a local resident I am contacting you about something that is very important to me, puppy farming and the puppy trade.

I’m sure that you are familiar with what a travesty it is that our beautiful country has for so long been labelled as the puppy farming hub of mainland UK. And you will have seen countless pictures and read numerous stories of the pain and suffering that is being witnessed first hand by local rescues who take in ex puppy farm breeding dogs that are no longer of ‘value’ to puppy farmers because they can’t produce puppies any more. The extensive veterinary costs and lengthy rehabilitation of these dogs, largely by volunteers, is utterly heart breaking. You will also no doubt be aware that not all of these ex breeding dogs are fortunate enough to be surrendered to rescues when their breeding lives are over. 

A campaign was launched in December 2017 in Westminster called Lucy’s Law. You may have heard of it because it has had significant press and media coverage and continues to do so.

It was launched 12 months after the passing of a greatly loved dog called Lucy who became the face of the anti-puppy farming movement both in the UK and abroad. Known as Lucy The Rescue Cavalier, she came from a Welsh puppy farm where she had been cruelly abused and neglected. Lucy was eventually rescued and able to experience love and care, but sadly only for a few short years.

There are thousands of ‘Lucys’ out there who urgently need things to change and right now, Lucy’s Law is being given serious consideration in England following a government consultation calling for evidence to ban the selling of puppies by third parties such as pet shops, garden centres and puppy dealers. 

You can view the parliamentary debate in England that resulted from a record-breaking government e-petition here:

https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/bf423510-4411-4597-a147-ca9d6ca8edd4

Wales needs Lucy’s Law

Third party selling is the way puppy farmers are able to continue to hide these dogs from public view. Transparency is urgently needed to combat puppy farming and Wales now has a vital role to play in this as a devolved administration. Welsh puppy farmers use third party dealers to sell their puppies remotely – usually in England – which means that the public don’t see the puppy with the mother (Defra’s own advice is to always see a pup interacting with its mum in the place where it was born). It means that the parent dogs are hidden from public view. There is no transparency of the conditions they are kept in and importantly, illegal puppy farmers sell their puppies via licensed pet shops, masking the illegal trade behind a legal loophole. The same is true of puppy smuggling, as the only legal route for these puppies to be sold in the UK is via a pet shop licence!

As well as a huge animal welfare issue, it is also an issue of public protection. Puppy buyers are duped into buying cute fluffy pups that are sick and heartbreakingly often die days or weeks after purchase. Too often these pups can be traced back to Welsh puppy farms.

Something else worth noting is that in 2016 the EFRA Sub-committee made a recommendation to the Westminster government to ban the selling of puppies via third parties following a visit by EFRA MPs to a licenced puppy farm in Ceredigion which sells puppies through dealers. 

What is heartening is that already two Welsh Councils, RCT and Caerphilly have now voted unanimously to support Lucy’s Law.

So I am asking if would be able to put support of #LucysLaw forward as a matter of urgency as an agenda item for the Council’s next meeting? 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

NAME
ADDRESS

The reason we are so adamant that the biggest impact on bringing the barbaric industry of puppy farming to an end is through banning the selling of puppies in pet shops and by other third parties such as puppy dealers, is really very simple.

Puppy farmers use third parties to sell their mass produced puppies. Why? Because it’s convenient. Because it saves time. Because it means they can’t always be traced as the birthplace of puppies if they become sick or die. And, most importantly, because they don’t want Joe and Jane Public setting foot on their land.

As was proven in this excellent article by The Mirror’s Andrew Penman [click here], the public currently have no access to the majority of puppy farms. Not because of their locations, but because these farmers use the excuse of ‘health and safety’ and ‘farm machinery’ to ensure there’s no public entry and therefore no public transparency of what really goes on behind barn and shed doors.

welsh-puppy-farms

Let’s face it, the last thing puppy farmers want is year round public scrutiny when at the moment they only have to clean up their premises and move sick and dying breeding dogs to other farms for a once yearly local authority inspection. An inspection that we can prove is flawed to the point of being almost worthless.

welsh-puppy-farm-dogs

Imagine if puppy farmers had to keep things ‘presentable’ every day of the year? Imagine if the public could see how the mothers of these internet and newspaper classified advertised pups were really being kept … what their physical and psychological state was like and stare into the eyes of these shut down and terrified dogs? People may still buy the odd puppy in the belief they were saving it, but they’d also immediately report their concerns about the mothers and littermates to the authorities and campaign groups.

And word travels fast. People talk about their experiences good and bad. All it takes is one horrified puppy buyer to see the truth and that establishment’s reputation is in trouble. With all that pressure on these breeding establishments two things would most likely happen. One is that it all becomes too hard to be a puppy farmer and they sell up and get out altogether. The other is that they improve their establishments and animal husbandry to such an extent that they cease to be classified as puppy farmers and become high welfare commercial breeders. The latter may be a stretch but hey, who knows?

Ah but wait. There’s another problem. At the moment these puppy farmers are selling puppies for a pittance … in some cases for as little as £80 each. For the lack of time and effort they put into raising these puppies, that’s still a pretty good profit. But the real winners here are the puppy dealers. They hold pet shop licences which allow them to buy in these puppies and then sell them on to other puppy dealers, pet shops or direct to the public. Now that same £80 puppy is being sold for around £300+. The longer the supply chain, the more the cost of that £80 puppy goes up until it reaches you the consumer. In a high street pet shop for example, that £80 puppy, which will have travelled hundreds of miles and changed hands several times may now cost you anything from £700 to over four figures.

And here’s the real kicker. The reason this is a problem is that it ensures puppy farmers can never afford to improve conditions sufficiently to make it possible for them to sell puppies directly to the public in the first place. So third party selling actually perpetuates the existence of an industry that everyone wants to see eradicated. (Well nearly everyone – plenty of criminals definitely want it to continue!)

How anyone can think this sort of puppy supply chain is good for either dogs or the public is astonishing. And yet, there are still those who think a ban on third party puppy selling isn’t worth fighting for because it’s ‘idealistic’. Damned straight it’s idealistic. It’s our job to fight for an ideal world for our sentient, voiceless friends and not lower our sights and give in to what naysayers think is more ‘pragmatic’ and more convenient.

A third party ban isn’t the only part of the whole solution. There are many other improvements which we support. But as the most significant and decisive action that can be taken – an action that would starve puppy farmers out of business – we’re standing firm on pushing for a ban with Lucy’s Law because, quite frankly, without this in place, all the other excellent recommendations won’t achieve the intended aim which is surely to end the cruelty of puppy farming and the hugely damaging trade in puppies.

When C.A.R.I.A.D. had sight of an email that Dogs Trust had sent to MPs this week who had signed EDM 695, we were not surprised. It’s no secret that the largest dog rehoming business in the UK does not support an immediate ban on puppies being sold in pet shops or by third parties.

But, when we read the contents of the email we were quite frankly disgusted. It’s one thing to lobby MPs for what you believe in, but it’s quite another to deliberately mislead MPs about what Lucy’s Law is calling for, and it’s also rather disingenuous to look as though you’re delighted that there is a debate in parliament on 21st May when this debate was triggered by campaigners.

So here is the offending article for all to see. The original email sent by Dogs Trust.

DT Original Email

And just in case we haven’t been completely clear, we have placed below a version amended by us which is what we believe Dogs Trust should now send to those same MPs immediately.

What DT Email Should Say

Trust is something that must be earned and once lost is incredibly hard to regain. Our trust in Dogs Trust has been sorely tested of late …

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.

LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER BY NICKY JEVON

Posted: February 5, 2018 in Diary

Our supporter and dear friend, Nicky Jevon has kindly shared with us her experiences and words of encouragement. Thank you Nicky for always being there for us and the dogs.

“Some weeks ago I had a dream. Well, more of a vision. In it I was helping a lady attempt to untie little white puppy-farmed dogs. It was very complicated as they were tied with heavily braided/woven strong leather strands. We had to find special tools to set them free. We worked frantically, realising the utter urgency of this situation. We did not cease in our endeavours.

These puppies and dogs were Bichons and when I realised this I thought one of them was one of my cherished canine friends. Almost screaming his name, I was desperate to get to him and untie him. The emotion was overwhelming. When I reached him, I turned him over. It was not Koru. It was a dead lamb with eyes wide open that had seen, smelt and experienced fear and pain, his soul departed.

The phrase ‘lambs to the slaughter’ was embedded in my head. A strong, almost unbearable, dream/vision – yes. Highly symbolic – yes, of the machinations, deceptions, scandalous lies and sheer cruelty perpetuated by these so-called breeders, their accomplices and traffickers.

Lambs to the slaughter’ is not too strong a description. This is indeed the fate that so many factory farmed dogs face. It feels like many might almost be bred just to be slaughtered. Others may face a lifetime of disabilities, physical, emotional or mental. Those with a stronger constitution and admirable spirit will fare well, giving their new guardians joy that is difficult to describe.

Since writing this Tiaki, one of my beloved Bichons, passed over. He was our first ex-puppy farm friend who made the sun shine everyday. His light continues to shine brightly, though in a different way. His name will live long. Thousands from his background will never have had a name.

Tiaki

Come mid-February a new and great presence will join us, as in Year of the Dog – more on this soon. Let us hope that this brave, new energy will bring about desperately needed changes in the way many view dogs and puppies, and of course untold other animal friends. We need to wake up. Dreams are one thing – indeed dreams and visions can be triggers that lead to great happenings. Let us hope that this year we can follow up so many people’s dream of ending the battery farming of dogs NOW.

Heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude to all who are working so hard to raise awareness and make this happen, Nicky X”

In 2015, Nicky shared with us ‘In Less Than a Minute – A Love Story’ and ‘Where Are You? – Another Love Story’.

Tiaki 2

https://cariadcampaign.wordpress.com/2015/08/10/in-less-than-a-minute-a-love-story/

Milou

https://cariadcampaign.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/where-are-you-another-love-story/

Following the launch of Lucy’s Law on 6th December, we are pleased to release the following document which provides additional information and answers in more detail some frequently asked questions.

The document has been produced by leading Licensing Barrister, Sarah Clover and leading third party puppy sales researcher, Julia Carr founder of Canine Action UK.

Facts Front Cover

Click on the link – Lucys Law Facts and FAQs

Further information on Lucy’s Law can be found on The Mirror website.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/all-about/lucys-law

Suport Lucy's Law

Lucy’s Law is not only supported and called for by campaigners and most animal welfare organisations, it is supported and being actively worked on by one of the top licensing barristers in the country, Sarah Clover, Chair of the West Midlands region of the Institute of Licensing.

Sarah Clover has been working closely with our coalition for some time now, not only because she’s an animal lover and supports our work, but because from her professional perspective she firmly believes that Lucy’s Law i.e. an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third party commercial dealers is the crucial first step to ending the horrific trade of puppy farming both here in the UK and throughout Europe.

Don’t just take our word for it that Lucy’s Law is a priority, take the word of top licensing barrister Sarah Clover who the House of Lords Select Committee described as “…a barrister whose encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing, planning and regulatory law has been invaluable to us. We are most grateful to her for her exceptional contribution to our work.”

Earlier this year Sarah wrote an article about third party puppy sales, which we encourage everyone to read, at the link below. The article appeared in the Journal of the Institute of Licensing.

http://sarahclover.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/1077_001.pdf

To learn more about Sarah Clover and her outstanding contribution to the legal world, please visit her website – http://sarahclover.co.uk/

We were honoured and thrilled to stand side by side with Sarah Clover at the launch of Lucy’s Law on 6th December, 2017 in the House of Commons. Sarah gave a speech that will be remembered for a long time to come. Click on the image or link below to watch the recording of Sarah’s speech or read the transcript below the link. Sarah’s words are inspiring and galvanising. They will strike a chord with everyone who understands our responsibility to the vulnerable – be they human or animal – and explain why Lucy’s Law must become a reality in 2018.

Sarah Clover

https://vimeo.com/248192689

TRANSCRIPT OF SARAH CLOVER’S SPEECH

We are proud and delighted to be here today to promote Lucy’s Law.

Lucy’s story has touched so many people because it triggers our deepest sense of outrage against cruelty and unfairness, and this is never more poignant than when it happens to the innocent and helpless. Lucy’s Law will be an important tool to ensure that Lucy’s fate, and the fate of so many other dogs and puppies caught up in puppy farming and profit driven trading, cannot continue any longer.

With Lucy’s Law, there has never been any disagreement as to what should be achieved – it is obvious.  No-one in their sound mind would want any animal to suffer like Lucy did. These issues transcend all backgrounds, and political persuasions, and represent something that we can all agree on and work together to solve.

The right law to achieve the right result has been the subject of debate, but we believe that Lucy’s Law provides the best means to tackle the problem. My specialist area of law is Licensing law, and the licensing system has been mooted as one possible way to control commercial third party sales. The difficulty with licensing third party puppy dealers is enforcement. The licensing authorities have to know about the sale; they have to know about who conducted it; they have to know whether the right licence is in force, and it is all dependent upon being in the right place at the right time.  That is a lot to expect of our licensing system and the Council Officers who run it, particularly in these times of budget cuts and strain on resources. A ban is a ban –  it doesn’t need any working out by anybody. A ban means that sales by third party dealers, for profit, of puppies away from their mothers is not allowed. Very simple, and everyone can identify the rights and wrongs instantly.

The ban is therefore commended as the tool to bring about immediate improvement in the lives of dogs young and old, everywhere, and to help to ensure the best possible future for all puppies.

But this launch is not all about a law. People don’t want laws, they want justice. They don’t want regulation, they want results.  This is true not just for dogs but for every member of society. We are a nation of dog lovers, and of animal lovers in general and this is because such caring is part of our national character and identity. As a society, we prove time and time again that we are a generous and responsible people; very concerned to take care of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities. We have demonstrated this repeatedly during the hardest times that our nation has faced, throughout history and in modern times. We are sadly tested repeatedly, but our reaction never fails.  In the moments of our greatest challenges, in the midst of the disasters and crises which have beleaguered us, we see over and again that it is the consistent hallmark of all those affected to reach out without hesitation or selfish interest to protect the wounded and vulnerable. Our national reaction is protection. And no living creature represented the epitomy of vulnerability more than Lucy did.

We love our pets and want to take care of them,  for all the good things that they bring into our lives. But Lucy’s Law goes beyond that.

For anyone who might question whether Lucy’s Law should be a priority at this time of immediate challenge to our nation, with all the pressing work that needs to be done to secure our future in Europe and beyond, the answer is clearly that it should. Lucy’s Law does not represent a detour or a side issue: it is at the very centre of what our nation stands for at this important time. Our communities at home need to know that this is a caring Government, that has protection of the vulnerable as its constant focus and that will not neglect any of its responsibilities. And our neighbours and partners abroad will see a powerful signal that we are committed to tackling injustice in every guise, and reliable in fulfilling every obligation, from the greatest to the least. Lucy’s Law is a step that builds trust, respect and confidence at levels far beyond its immediate subject.

And with our partners everywhere, we will no doubt find that, when we cannot agree on anything else, we can still agree on our love for our pets, and all common ground is a valuable asset!

People care about Lucy’s fate, and they care about animals everywhere, but in doing so, what  they are really caring about is the fundamental values in our society of justice, fairness and the protection of the vulnerable, whomever they may be. When the Government demonstrates, on every level, that it cares about these values too, we are all reassured, because we never know when we may become one of the vulnerable ourselves.  We all need the standards that are set by laws like these, and Lucy’s Law is a powerful metaphor for the values that this Government stands for.

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Thank you to everyone across the world who has shown their support for Lucy’s Law. Please be assured we have the best legal and industry minds working on the finer details to ensure Lucy’s Law will be the law that brings an end to puppy farming, saving the lives of tens of thousands of dogs and puppies, and provides greater public protection against those who profit from animal suffering.

2018 – THE YEAR OF THE DOG

On 30th October, 2017 C.A.R.I.A.D. held a peaceful rally outside the Welsh Government Offices in Cardiff in support of Sue Rouhan’s Paws 4 Thought – 36 Hours of Action for Puppy Farmed Dogs.

Cardiff United Against Puppy Farming Rally

Sue Rouhan’s campaign began with a petition to Ceredigion County Council entitled ‘Help me free breeding dogs from convicted illegal puppy farmer Richard Jones‘.

https://www.change.org/p/ceredigion-council-help-me-free-breeding-dogs-from-convicted-illegal-puppy-farmer-richard-jones

We were thrilled and honoured to have been joined by such passionate supporters and voices for the dogs, and to have received so many statements to read out. Here are some photos, videos and statements from the day where we stood United Against Puppy Farming.

Photographs

Cardiff United Against Puppy Farming Rally

Videos

Eileen Jones Speech

Neil McEvoy AM Speech

Dinah Mulholland Speech

Leigh-Catherine Salway Speech

Neil Pyatt Speech

Tribute to Violet

Phoebe Story

Eileen Jones

Personal Stories

Nicky - My Story

Lynda - My StoryLauren - My StoryStatements

Baroness Eluned Morgan AM Statement

Bethan Jenkins AM

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Ben Lake MP Statement

Vicky Howells AM Statement

Ann Clwyd MP Statement

 

Here is a message from C.A.R.I.A.D. (pdf format) – C.A.R.I.A.D.

Here is a message from Canine Action UK (pdf format) – Canine Action UK

Here is a message from Boycott Dogs4Us (pdf format) – Boycott Dogs4Us

Here is a message from The Linton Pet Shop Protestors (pdf format) – Linton Pet Shop Protestors

November

This NOVEMBER we’re going to be saying NO to a number of activities surrounding the puppy trade, and we’re beginning by saying NO MORE PET SHOP PUPS AND NO MORE PUPPY DEALING. This simple change in the law will help put puppy farmers out of business and in doing so, help end the suffering of thousands upon thousands of breeding dogs and their puppies. It will also protect the public from the expense and heartbreak of buying a sick puppy.

Despite unanimous advice from the Government, leading animal welfare organisations, campaigners and others, people are still buying puppies from high street pet shops, garden centres, puppy superstores, residential pet shops and other types of third party puppy dealers … people are still buying puppies without seeing the puppy’s mum and littermates in the place they were born. Which means people are still buying puppies that have originated in puppy farms that, despite being legal and licensed, result in cruelty, neglect and abuse of breeding dogs.

THE ADVICE IS UNANIMOUS

DEFRA, leading animal welfare organisations and the Kennel Club are all saying the same thing …

DEFRA – “Some important tips to remember when buying a puppy:

•Always see the puppy with its mother
•Always, if possible, see the puppy in its natural environment
•Never buy a puppy younger than 8 weeks old”

RSPCA (Puppy Contract) – “RSPCA recommend that you do not buy a puppy from anyone other than the breeder so that you can see the puppy in the place where he was born.”

DOGS TRUST – “Newspapers/internet adverts, pet shops and pet superstores – just don’t go there!

•Never buy from a pet shop
•Do Not buy a puppy if you have any doubts about the breeder or situation – even if you want to rescue it.”

BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME – “Battersea is opposed to the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops, and has long campaigned against the practice.

We do understand however that some people may be determined to buy a puppy or kitten and raise it from a young age. For those that do so, they should make every effort to go to a reputable, licensed breeder, and should be sure they can see the puppy/kitten interacting with its mother.”

BLUECROSS – “If you do get a dog from a breeder, meeting the mother is vital, as the mother’s temperament contributes to that of the puppies. A fearful or aggressive mother may pass on these traits to a puppy.”

KENNEL CLUB – “The Kennel Club is against the sale of puppies in pet shops. A pet shop does not provide an appropriate environment for the homing, even on a temporary basis, of puppies. As such, good breeders should never sell their puppies via a pet shop. Pet shops are also commonly known to be outlets through which puppy farmers sell their puppies.”

(NOTE: Although the advice from Dogs Trust, Blue Cross and Battersea is clear, they do not support an immediate ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and puppy dealers (third party puppy sales). Dogs Trust and Blue Cross  provided Government with a private joint briefing after the Government’s consultation on licensing had closed which helped persuade the Government to ignore the EFRA committee’s strong recommendation for a third party ban which they recommended based on putting dog welfare first.)

PET SHOP PUPPIES ARE PUPPY FARM PUPPIES

Reputable breeders never sell their puppies to pet shops or any other type of third party puppy dealer. This only leaves the disreputable breeders, those who put profit well and truly above welfare.

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Approximately 80 individuals and businesses in the UK are actively selling puppies under a PET SHOP LICENCE. These LICENSED individuals and businesses have to get their endless supply of puppies from somewhere.

C.A.R.I.A.D. analysed the selling methods of LICENSED breeders in Carmarthenshire and found that 57 breeders sold their puppies to licensed pet shops and other types of puppy dealers. In many instances, these breeders never sell direct to the public, which means that these establishments are not open to public scrutiny. This enables puppy farming to continue behind closed doors.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/puppy-farms-operating-behind-firmly-7214135

Figs. Carmarthenshire licensed dog breeders selling through licensed pet shops 2014 – 2015: The columns show the number of breeding dogs e.g. BREEDER 10 is licensed for over 140 breeding dogs.

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carmarthenshire-breeders-21-40

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You can read more about Licensed Third Party Puppy Vending at the link below:

https://cariadcampaign.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/licensed-third-party-puppy-vending-in-gb-2016/

IMPORTED PUPPIES – WHERE’S MUM?

Breeding dogs are not only suffering in UK puppy farms they’re also suffering in Irish and Eastern European puppy farms. And what of the fate of their puppies? They are being imported and smuggled into the UK to be sold to pet shops and other types of puppy dealers. Significantly, it is being reported that the dogs being seized at ports destined for the UK are PUPPIES. This means in most cases people buying these imported puppies are not seeing the puppy with its mum.

Puppy importing/smuggling is enabled, even encouraged, by third party sellers such as pet shops and puppy dealers; vessels for irresponsible, low welfare commercial dog breeding whether it’s here in the UK or abroad, commonly described as puppy farming. Only an outright third party puppy sales ban will tackle the Irish and Eastern European puppy imports.

Puppy Smuggling

You can read more about third party puppy seller prosecutions at the link below:

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/04/16/proof-a-third-party-banillegal-activity-is-highly-enforceable/

HOW TO TELL A REAL MUM FROM A FAKE

There has been much talk lately of dealers using a ‘fake’ or ‘show’ mum when selling puppies they have not bred themselves. You can avoid falling into this trap …

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PET SHOPS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

The third party puppy trade can be both complex and misleading. It’s important to know that LICENSED pet shops come in all shapes and sizes, and they’re not all on the high street.

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LICENSED PUPPY DEALER: Puppy dealers don’t sell puppies to the public, they buy cheap puppies in bulk from licensed puppy farms then distribute these puppies to other licensed pet shops and dealers.

LICENSED RESIDENTIAL PET SHOP: Residential pet shops operate from a house, which means on the surface these sellers can look like a breeder. They will often have a lot of excuses ready as to why mum isn’t present. Don’t fall for them.

HYBRID SELLER: Hybrid sellers breed their own puppies, but also buy in cheap puppies from elsewhere under their pet shop licence because it’s often cheaper to buy from others than to breed their own puppies.

HIGH STREET PET SHOP: Because reputable breeders won’t sell their puppies to pet shops, they rely on an endless supply of cheap puppies from puppy dealers or they themselves collect puppies from puppy farms.

SHOW ME THE MUMMY

One of the first questions you should ask any puppy seller is ‘Where’s Mum? If a puppy seller can’t or won’t show you the mummy, don’t show them your money. Don’t fall for their lies and excuses … walk away. show-me-the-mummy

EVERY DOG DESERVES LOVE. PLEASE ADOPT OR FOSTER

Thousands of dogs and puppies are currently waiting in rescues right across the UK for a second chance at a first class life. Be a hero, open your heart and home to a rescue dog.

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