A Government e-petition against puppy farming has smashed its 100,000 target in only six months, meaning a parliamentary debate will discuss the issue in the new year.
Brighton-based vet Marc Abraham’s puppy farming awareness campaign ‘PupAid’ is calling on the Government to “ban the sale of young puppies and kittens without their mothers being present” and is now the largest pet welfare petition.
Mr Abraham said: “My PupAid team and I are incredibly proud and thankful to everyone who’s signed and shared the petition; achieving 100,000 signatures and securing the Commons debate is an important step in the fight against the UK’s cruel puppy farming trade. It also sends out a strong animal welfare message with Christmas fast approaching and many children begging parents to buy puppies as presents.”
Ricky Gervais, one of PupAid’s many animal-loving celebrity supporters (others include Brian May, Liam Gallagher, Elle Macpherson and Jodie Marsh), tweeted on hearing the news “Great work… Puppy farming will be debated in parliament!”
Puppy farming is the commercial mass production of puppies, sometimes in poor conditions without clean water, quality food, medicine, or waste clearance. Commonly up to 200 breeding bitches and stud dogs are kept in large concrete agricultural sheds (often in rural Wales), to make more puppies for sale.
Puppies can be transported long distances and sold by third parties, including pet shops, websites, garden centres, puppy supermarkets, dealers and free newspaper listings.
These “battery-farmed” dogs may be inbred and suffer serious internal problems, infectious diseases and behavioural issues, meaning even if they survive in their new home life expectancy is shortened, with a potential future of health complaints costing hundreds – often thousands – of pounds to treat.
Mr Abraham’s campaign hopes to stop demand for these pups by raising awareness about the correct way to choose a dog (adopt from a rescue centre or ask “Where’s Mum?” insisting on seeing her interacting with her pups).
To sign and share the e-petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528, or to find out more about puppy farming visit www.pupaid.org You can follow @PupAid on Twitter, and Pup Aid on Facebook.
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