PUPPY FARMING

WHAT IS THE BATTERY FARMING OF DOGS? It 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.

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WHAT IS THIRD PARTY PUPPY DEALING? The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.

Although very few high street pet shops sell puppies these days, the third-party trade remains significant with dealers operating from a diverse array of premises including private homes, garden centres, boarding kennels and puppy superstores. Some commercial dog breeders are also selling bought in puppies alongside those they have bred on site.

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Pet shops may claim to buy their puppies from breeders licensed by Local Authorities and Councils. But these licences are NOT indicators of satisfactory welfare standards for breeding dogs kept in captivity because Local Authorities and Councils tell us time and again they DO NOT have the time, money or staff to enforce even the five basic freedoms of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

WALES IS THE UK HUB OF BATTERY PUPPY FARMING IN THE UK. The sale of puppies through commercial third-party dealers both sustains and is dependent upon the existence of ‘puppy farms’, where puppies are bred for maximum profit and with minimal regard for animal welfare.

The majority of Welsh people oppose the battery farming of dogs and the shame that it brings to such a scenically stunning country.Unfortunately the balance of power in Wales is firmly with the farming community which explains why, despite peaceful protests, petitions, intelligent debate and media coverage, the worst offending Local Authorities allow, and in some cases, encourage battery puppy farming to continue.

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IT IS ESTIMATED THAT 95% OF THESE BREEDING PRISONERS DON’T MAKE IT OUT ALIVE. If you’ve had the privilege of providing a home for a rescued ex breeding bitch or stud dog, you will know how heartbreaking it is to see them discover grass for the first time. To experience sunshine. To have a warm, clean bed and fresh water. And most of all, to experience human compassion, companionship and affection. Watching a dog learning how to be a dog when half of his or her life has been spent living in filth and fear is something you never forget. Sadly for thousands and thousands of breeding dogs in the UK, they will never have this opportunity. These are the dogs that will never have a name.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PUPPIES THAT AREN’T SOLD? The puppy farmers or dealers may decide to breed from them as soon as possible, condemning them to the same fate as their parents. If they are not seen as good prospective breeders, the puppies may be hit over the head or drowned in a bucket. We’ve even heard that some have ended up being sold to laboratories for experiments. Others are often advertised as ‘free to a good home’ which makes them easy pickings for dog fighting rings who use them as live bait.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE BREEDING DOGS WHEN THEY ARE NO LONGER PRODUCTIVE? The lucky few are handed over to rescues. As for the rest:

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OVER BREEDING HAS CAUSED A UK DOG POPULATION CRISIS. The indiscriminate breeding of dogs has led to an overpopulation crisis in the UK with more dogs being surrendered to pounds and rescues than ever before. Last Christmas people were actually selling their ‘beloved’ family pets on the internet so that they could buy computer games for their children. It beggars belief. But sadly, it is all true.

Our work is a constant struggle against bureaucracy, apathy, ignorance and corruption. It’s hard, and too often it’s heartbreaking. But we can’t give up. These dogs desperately need our help. Your help. And they need it now!

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