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    January 25th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Over 5000 dog lovers have signed an online petition asking the UK Kennel Club to stop registering Cavalier King Charles puppies unless their parents are health tested. They claim that a lack of MRI scanning and heart testing is the  reason why many Cavaliers are born to suffer from Syringomyelia – a painful malformation of the spinal cord near the brain – and Mitral Valve Disease (among other cardiac complaints).

    “Cavaliers can be the most wonderful family pets but they have two serious inherited health conditions that cause severe pain to the dog and heartbreak to many owners,” states the petition. “However little is being done by the UK Kennel Club to encourage breeders to use the testing schemes available to them.” Studies show that both diseases are less likely to occur if Cavaliers are screened before breeding, but the petition supporters believe that not enough is being done to prevent these conditions being passed on to the next generation.

    Celebrity Cavalier owners, including ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ judge Craig Revel Horwood and his partner Damon Scott, TV presenter Lisa Riley, celebrity chef Richard Corrigan and ‘Made In Chelsea’ star Binky Felstead, are among those who have supported the petition. Jemima Harrison, director of the 2008 documentary ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’, has also added her endorsement, as have the RSPCA.

    They believe that unscrupulous breeders are either not health testing their breeding stock, or disregarding the results to breed for profit or show ring success. They want the Kennel Club to refuse to register puppies from unhealthy or untested parents, thus ensuring that puppy buyers know that they are getting.

    Cavalier registrations have dropped 55% since 2007, as you can see below. Optimistically, this could be taken as good thing; perhaps breeders are breeding more discriminately. On the other hand, it means a shrinking gene pool.

    Cav Reg

    “Far fewer Cavaliers are being bred, the demand for the breed has fallen dramatically,” petition creator Margaret Carter told Dog World newspaper. “Special measures are needed to enable the breed to survive.”

    Animal welfare and pedigree dog health campaigners will be watching the outcome of this petition with interest. The Kennel Club made £12.3 million from registrations (and healthcare) in 2013 and if restrictions were to be imposed on Cavalier breeders it’s logical that other breeds will follow.

    The Kennel Club have issued their response here.

    As always, we would recommend that puppy buyers do thorough research into their chosen breed and its particular health issues before purchasing.


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    October 29th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    By Laura P – editor

    Is your dog stressed out by fireworks? Ours is. Around this time every year my family have to watch the poor Terrier pace, pant and panic at the noises and flashy explosions which come from the sky. We’ve tried everything we can to reduce his fear, from acting calm ourselves, to DAP diffusers and Thundershirts. We close the curtains and leave the TV on, as advised, and we try to provide ‘den’ areas where he can retreat, but nothing seems to really help.

    Our main frustration is that we can’t predict when the fireworks are going to go off. In our society where Christmas lasts from August until the Easter Eggs hit the shelves, Bonfire Night is actually Bonfire Fortnight, which runs together with Diwali and what seems like a six week period covering Halloween. Random bangs go off almost every night from mid-October until 2nd January, and our dog remains on edge for at least an hour after each of these occurrences.

    Now, personally, I’d like to see an all-out ban on firework sales to the public, with only professional displays permitted, but historically petitions calling for these have not been well embraced. Therefore I am toying with the idea of submitting a petition to call for a ban on the use of fireworks except on special occasions. At least then we’d know which nights our pets would need to be wary of, and we could relax in between.

    Below is my proposed wording:

    Private fireworks displays can cause distress to pets (and wild animals).Every year, countless animals across Britain suffer due to the human whim to celebrate in a way that they don’t understand. Vets face increases in cases where medication is required, rescue centers are inundated with runways who have escaped after being spooked, and pet owners have to endure being witness their animals’ discomfort.

    Under the present legislation, anyone can set off a firework any day of the year, between 7am and 11pm, if they wish. (On Bonfire Night these can go to midnight, and on New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year they can go as late as 1am.)

    This petition would like to see the dates which fireworks can be launched restricted, specifically so that pet owners can make provisions for their animals during these times. It is all very well and good to issue advice as to how to prepare your pets for fireworks season, but when they can go off randomly at any time this is very difficult to apply in practice

    Personally, a ban on all fireworks except professional displays would be preferable, but previous petitions have demonstrated that this is not an option which appeals to the current government. We therefore propose that you restrict their use to only the dates and times below:

    31 Dec/1 Jan – 9pm to 1am
    Chinese New Year – 9pm to 1am
    Halloween and the weekends either side – 7pm to 11pm
    Bonfire Night and the weekends either side – 7pm to 11pm
    Diwali – 9pm to 1am
    Christmas period (24 to 26 Dec) – 7pm to 11pm

    This would allow people to celebrate special occasions as they see fit, but would reduce the occasions of potential stress for our animal companions.

    I’d love to know your thoughts on this subject – every year our Twitter feed is full of people expressing exasperation at the constant fireworks, but maybe together we can actually make a difference!

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    March 14th, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    We’ve been tweeting daily doggie headlines since May 2010. When you spend that much time searching for and sharing headlines, of course you’re going to notice trends and common themes occurring; the recent rise in the number of dog thefts is one which we have been following with interest.

    Here’s just a small selection of 2013’s top articles on the subject:

    Jan 2013: “Dogs stolen to order for ransom money”
    Feb 2013: “Gundogs are the new scrap metal”
    Nov 2013: “Pet Theft Census shows three cats and dogs are stolen in UK every single day”
    Nov 2013: “Half of Dog Owners Fear Garden Theft”
    Dec 2013: “Organised dog theft needs government action”
    Dec 2013: “Dog thefts rise by a fifth in 2013”

    (And it’s not just happening in the UK either: these two articles from the BBC and Time.com show that it’s a growing concern in the US and Canada as well.)

    The rise in pet thefts is a worrying trend, which could affect any pet owner at any time. Hence the launch of the now-annual event, Pet Theft Awareness Week (PTAW), which we here at Dogs In The News are proud to support.

    So, what’s it all about? Well, for one, it’s about raising awareness for the general issue of pet theft. PTAW aims “to educate people on the preventative measures that they can take to avoid their pets from being stolen and to provide them with information to action should they be unfortunate enough to lose their animal.”

    We will be covering all the information available over the course of the week, such as where dogs are most likely to be stolen from, which breeds are the most common targets, steps you can take to safeguard your pets, and, of course, what you can do to increase the chances that your pet finds their way home if it is taken.

    It’s also a chance for the owners of stolen and still missing animals to share their stories and appeal for information. Last year, we featured 10 stolen canines, and, unfortunately, all but one of them are still absent. This year, we hope to focus on a few who have been returned to their owners, as well as more who are missing and very much missed.

    Finally, PTAW aims “to campaign for tougher penalties to deter pet theft which includes custodial sentences and for police and courts to have tougher and stronger powers to prioritise the theft of pets over the theft of objects.” At the moment, a stolen pet is categorised as ‘chattel’ in the eyes of the law, and punishments are meted out as though the individual had stolen a piece of property. Of course, many of us view our pets as members of our families, and want to see stronger deterrents and sentences handed out accordingly.

    Multiple PTAW partners are campaigning for the government to take a stand on this issue, and we’ll feature some of their efforts throughout the week as well.

    We’ve set up a dedicated Pinterest board especially for PTAW – do please stop by and see some of the informative posters which the group have produced, as well as photos of dogs to look out for.  If you have any specific questions about pet theft which you’d like answered, drop us a line and we’ll see what we can do.

    Coming up tomorrow: Pet Theft – Don’t Be a Target

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    January 22nd, 2014Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Dog welfare organisations Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club are supporting Matthew Offord, Conservative MP for Hendon, who is calling for a ban on the sale and use of electric shock collars during a Ten Minute Rule Bill presented to the House of Commons on Wednesday 22ndJanuary.

    The Ten Minute Rule Bill follows the publication of two pieces of research, funded by Defra and published last summer by the University of Lincoln, which show that electric shock collars can cause negative behavioural and physiological changes in dogs and are open to misuse by users of these devices.

    Although banned by the Welsh government in 2010, electric shock collars are used widely in the UK, with over 300,000 reportedly in use in 2012. They are worn around a dog’s neck and work by delivering a short or prolonged electric shock to the dog (either via a remote control or delivered automatically) to ‘correct’ an undesirable behaviour.

    Both Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club are against the use of negative training methods or devices and believe the use of electric shock collars is both irresponsible and ineffective.  Every dog should be trained using kind, fair and reward-based methods which are effectively used to train dogs by the police, the army and assistance dog charities, which have some of the best trained dogs in the world.  Defra’s research found that positive reinforcement is just as effective in treating behavioural issues in dogs, including livestock chasing, which is often the main justification given for their use.

    Matthew Offord and MaxMatthew Offord MP explains: “The reason I am raising this issue is because Defra is continuing to ignore its own research.  In 2013, Defra published its two studies which showed that electric shock collars can cause some dogs negative welfare issues even when trained by a professional using “relatively benign training programmes”, so therefore many would deem them unsafe. Very few people who buy these devices would have the skill set of an experienced training and behaviour advisor, so there would surely be a heightened chance of long-term negative impacts.

    Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club have long campaigned for the sale and use of electric shock collars to be banned as numerous pieces of research, including the most recent Defra studies, have shown that they can have a negative effect on dog welfare.

    “As a dog will have no idea what has caused the pain, it is far more likely to associate it with something in its immediate environment than to connect it with its own behaviour at the time. This is why cases of dogs attacking other dogs, their owner, or another animal close by at the time of the shock are common. Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club believe positive training methods have a greater influence over a dog’s behaviour than electric shock collars without ever compromising the dog’s health and well-being or the bond between an owner and their dog.”

    We will, of course, keep you updated with all the latest developments.

    See also:
    Garmin shocks dog lovers with new line of collars
    Corporal punishment is never the answer
    The Shocking Truth About Electric Shock Collars and My Call to Have Them Banned by Matthew Offord

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    November 18th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Ask many dog lovers in the UK if they’ve heard of puppy farming and a curious but amused smile usually follows as they imagine packs of tiny pups happily gamboling in grassy fields ‑ a bit like the idyllic scene at the end of 101 Dalmatians.

    When you enlighten them as to what puppy farming actually is, the smile is replaced by a look of horror and astonishment when they realise that in this so-called nation of animal lovers, the barbaric practice of commercially breeding dogs – often in their hundreds – in tiny cages or inside dark, airless barns and sheds is happening on a depressingly large scale. And if that wasn’t shameful enough, it is also legal and licensed by local authorities as well as being encouraged by those who represent the farming industry.

    C.A.R.I.A.D. was set up just over two years ago by Linda Goodman with the express aim of putting an end to the appalling battery breeding of dogs. ‘Cariad’ means love in Welsh, and the acronym stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs.

    C.A.R.I.A.D. is a small non-profit organisation with a big heart, and this Christmas it has set itself a huge task ‑ to reach the charts with a song specially written by singer-songwriter Mandy Woods.

    Aimed at educating the public about the reality of puppy farming, ‘Cariad at Christmas Time’ was recorded in October at Shabbey Road Studios in Caerphilly, and, like Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ back in the ’80s, it’s a multi-vocal recording. This time, however, instead of getting celebrities to sing the lyrics, C.A.R.I.A.D. decided to invite a number of smaller dog rescues and charities to put forward anyone among their staff and volunteers with a good singing voice and the confidence to go into a studio and sing their heart out.

    The response was phenomenal, and on October 5 a group of strangers, some local and others coming from as far afield as Lancashire, Suffolk and Wiltshire – and, by pure chance, all of them female – met up at the studio. Some had professional experience, others simply a love of singing and a commitment to the welfare of dogs. Al Steele, co-owner of Shabbey Road, did a magnificent job of instilling confidence in the group, arranging the vocal parts on the hoof and getting the very best out of everyone, regardless of their age or experience. He also produced the single, and the result is the CD that accompanies this message, that is set to receive worldwide radio airplay.

    The charity single will be available to purchase via download from the end of November, and the proceeds will be donated to the rescues and charities that helped make it possible, as well as to the C.A.R.I.A.D. campaign.

    More importantly, though, the song is aimed at exposing the horrors of puppy farming and persuading people not to buy a puppy at Christmas, especially if the mother of the puppy isn’t present. Better still would be to go to a reputable rescue in the New Year and save a life by adopting one of the thousands of dogs and puppies who are waiting patiently for someone to give them a new, loving home.

    The Charities
    All Creatures Great and Small
    Animal Rescue Cymru
    Friends Of Cardiff Dogs Home
    Four Paws Animal Rescue (South Wales)
    Friends Of The Animals RCT
    Hope Rescue
    Lizzie’s Barn
    Staffies in Pembrokeshire
    UK German Shepherd Rescue

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    September 8th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    If our Twitter feed is anything to judge by, Pup Aid 2013 (which took place yesterday at London’s Primrose Hill) was a huge success. This is obviously a cause which has a huge amount of support, from both celebrities and the general public. At the time of writing, almost 70,000 people had signed Pup Aid’s government petition to ban the sale of young puppies and kittens without their mothers present.

    Hopefully the event will generate even more interest for the petition and we will see it debated in Parliament soon. The UK government doesn’t seem to be taking this problem seriously, but we can change their mindset if we all work together.

    The aim of the Puppy Awareness Week campaign is also to educate the puppy buying public of the better ways to acquire their next companion, either from a responsible breeder or rescue centre. Puppy farmers rely on ignorant people to make their money; if we keep spreading the word and getting the message out there we can all be part of the solution to this terrible animal welfare problem.

    Here’s some of the coverage Pup Aid has received in the major papers so far:

    Thousands of pet dogs start life in cramped, disease ridden puppy farms – The Sun

    Celebrities show their support for their four-legged friends at dog charity event – Daily Mirror

    Celebrities shows their softer sides at animal charity event – Daily Mail

    Do let us know if there are any we missed – or if your blog covered the event and would like a link.

    Pup Aid may be over, but Puppy Awareness Week goes on. We’ll continue to tweet and blog about this topic all week – stay tuned.

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    June 14th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The e-petition started by Marc Abraham, TV Vet and founder of anti-puppy farming awareness event PupAid, has received a response from the British Government.

    ‘Ban the sale of young puppies and kittens without their mothers being present’ reached over 31,400 signatures in its first month on the official UK Government petition site, prompting attention from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

    You can read their response, and add your support to the petition if you haven’t already done so, here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528

    In a nutshell, it lists the legislation currently in place to cover dog breeders and dog breeding practices (The Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, Animal Welfare Act 2006, and The Protection of Animals During Transport (EU Council Regulation (EC) 1/2005), if anyone was curious) and suggests that the current laws are sufficient to protect puppies from being born into puppy farms.

    It places the majority of the blame for the existence of these establishments on local authorities, who they claim are the ones responsible for policing licensed breeding premises.

    With regards to ‘hobby breeders’ (those “who are not in the business of breeding and selling dogs but who breed occasionally”) they merely cite the shameful fact that the maximum penalty for causing unnecessary suffering to an animal is “a fine of £20,000 or six months imprisonment, or both”.

    They end with the spectacularly unhelpful statement that “If anyone has concerns about the welfare of dogs at a particular breeding establishment, they should report the matter to the relevant local authority, or the RSPCA who can investigate any such complaints.”

    We here at Dogs In The News would like to take this opportunity to respond to their pathetic response!

    1)    Yes, legislation regarding dog breeding currently exists.  Sadly, so too do puppy farms.

    Trust us, we trawl the heartbreaking headlines every day; the stories from vets, rescue organisations, campaigners and the owners of these unfortunate pups speak for themselves. If you don’t believe us, follow our Twitter feed – you won’t be able to continue to deny their existence once you see how often they and their victims make it into the media.

    We can only conclude that the current legislation is nowhere near good enough, and urgently needs reform. Rules also need to be enforced, not just given lip service.

    2)    a) You assume that all people who breed dogs do so within the law – ie that they hold breeding licences and are subject to council requirements and regular inspections. Who is inspecting the unlicensed premises, of which, we can assure you, there are many? (Also, see below for a clarification of the difference between a puppy farmer and a hobby breeder.)

    b) Even those who do breed within the law may be able flaunt it much more easily than you realise. Local Council resources are already stretched to the limit and only look to become more so in the future as Government-imposed austerity measures cut deeper. Many Councils find it difficult, if not almost impossible, to maintain records on everyone who holds a breeding license with them, let alone inspect their premises and practices regularly and police complaints made about them.

    c) As with most things deferred to a local authority, you will find a wide variance in the quality and efficiency of the service provided, depending on geography and the affluence of the particular area. We believe there needs to be a national service for regulating, monitoring and policing dog breeders going forward.

    The good news is that, from April 2016, there will be an excellent provision put in place to assist with this: the introduction of compulsory microchipping for puppies. If each pup is to be given a unique identifier and registered on a national database by its breeder (as the current proposals indicate), we will then have, as a by-product, a national register of everyone who is breeding and selling puppies.  The potential for this to be used to identify and stop puppy farmers is excellent, assuming that the Government cracks down on people who attempt to operate outwith or get around the system.

    3)    a) A ‘hobby breeder’, ie someone who breeds a few dogs now and then (either by accident or on purpose) and so does not require a commercial breeder’s licence, is very different to a puppy farmer, in the dog community’s opinion.

    While the hobby breeder may offend the pedigree dog elite and upset the knowledgeable puppy purchaser with lack of health testing and concern for inherited traits, they do not pose a great threat to animal welfare.

    A puppy farmer, on the other hand, is someone who breeds dogs indiscriminately, at high volumes, with little or no regard to the health and welfare of the mothers, fathers or puppies in their care. They breed their adult dogs solely for profit, and often keep them in deplorable conditions and dispose of them without care once they have outlived their usefulness as puppy machines. Use the words ‘battery farms’ or ‘factory farms’ in place of ‘puppy farms’ if you would rather; they are essentially the same things. These people see pups as commodities, and are in it for the money rather than for the love of dogs.

    b) The sorts of people who operate these establishments are most likely to do so outwith the law, or to find ways around the laws meant to stop people exactly like them! They are also the sort of crafty people who will find ways to keep the puppy buying public away from the truth: eg by selling pups via third parties, to pet stores or garden centres, or out of the backs of vans etc.

    That is why the crux of the petition is a focus on seeing the puppies with their mothers: if these buyers could see the mother, the state that she is in and the environment in which she gave birth, the puppy farmers would be out of business very quickly.

    c) You cite the Animal Welfare Act and its appallingly light penalties for those who cause suffering to animals. In our humble opinion anyone who knowingly causes suffering to a dog – a highly sentient and intelligent being, as science continues to remind us – either through wilful neglect or blatant abuse, should be banned from keeping animals for life. Pets are a privilege, not a right, and if someone has proven that they cannot take responsibility for their basic care (which includes family planning and maternity care!) then they should not be allowed to keep them any longer.

    4)    As for the statement that we should defer our concerns to the RSPCA, this is absurd! The RSPCA is a charitable organisation which does not receive any government funding. Why should they be responsible for policing dog breeders nationwide? Obviously, anyone who has concerns about specific incidences of animal cruelty (including reporting suspected puppy farmers) should contact the RSPCA in the first instance, and should continue to do so up until legislation is debated and reformed, but you cannot expect a charity to step up, rescue animals and prosecute in every individual case where the Government have failed in their duty of care. (See my comments on local authorities also, above.)

    To sum up, your response is extremely disappointing. You have essentially just listed the laws which currently exist and claim that they should mean that puppy farms cannot continue to operate.

    But they do, and all the signs indicate that the problem is only set to get worse. Take, for example the recent rise in pet thefts, which many authorities believe is linked to unscrupulous breeders.  The currents laws are clearly either not working or not being enforced and this needs to change.  This petition is not about blaming the government (either national or local) for its current shortcomings but acknowledging that more action and better safeguards are needed in the future.

    We, the educated dog loving community, will continue to sign and share this petition until it reaches 100,000 signatures and we can then see it properly addressed and debated in Parliament. In the meantime, we request that you stop burying your head in the sand, stop making excuses and stop passing the buck when it comes to these shameless establishments.

    One dog born into a puppy farm is one too many. Together we can change the situation, but the first step, as always, is admitting that there’s a problem.

    We’re sure our readers agree – the Governement’s response is just not good enough! We’ll be sharing some of your Twitter comments later, but do please leave a comment here as well. Let’s show our support for this very noble cause.

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    March 24th, 2013Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The Kennel Club have teamed up with tick-borne disease charity, Borreliosis and Associated Diseases Awareness UK (BADA-UK) and Dr James Logan, of TV’s Embarrassing Bodies, to raise awareness of the growing risk to dogs of tick-borne diseases.

    BADA-UK are making education for dog owners and veterinary professionals a major focus of the charity’s annual awareness platform, Tick Bite Prevention Week (TBPW), which runs this week (24th – 30th  March 2013).

    New research has demonstrated that the number of ticks carrying Lyme disease in the UK is much higher than previously thought. Dogs in particular can suffer debilitating symptoms if Lyme disease is not diagnosed and treated promptly.

    Research suggests that 15% of dogs have ticks and often without the owner’s knowledge. This means that the potential for undiagnosed tick-borne disease may be much higher than previously thought.  Although ticks are part of the natural environment, they are second only to mosquitoes in transmitting infectious diseases to humans and animals.

    Your pet having ticks is not something to do with how clean they are. Ticks don’t care if their host (an animal or person) is clean, dirty, wet or dry – as long as it has a pulse!

    Ticks are part of the natural world. They inhabit many areas of countryside and even town parks and gardens where wildlife visits (such as birds, badgers, foxes, deer, squirrels and hedgehogs).

    Ticks are more abundant in late spring to early summer, and again during autumn. However, they can be active all year round, even on mild winter days.

    Not every tick is infected and not every bite will transmit disease. However, the longer the tick is allowed to feed, the more likely it is that an infection will result.

    It is therefore advisable to check for ticks and to remove them even if they are dead. The TBPW website has advice about the proper way to remove ticks, which they suggest all dog owners make themselves familiar with, as improper removal or ‘home remedy’ methods can increase the rick of infection.

    They also have information about various ways to prevent ticks, such as the use of spot-on treatments or chemically-treated collars. As the days get gradually warmer (we hope!) ticks become more active, so act now to ensure that your dog is fully covered by the height of tick season.  TBPW is sponsored by Frontline.

    Wendy Fox, Founder and Chair of BADA-UK, said: “Ticks are an increasing problem for both pets and owners. Tick bites can cause allergic reactions, abscesses and transmit harmful diseases to pets which may be difficult and expensive to treat. Yet with a few simple precautions, these could be avoided.”

    Nick Sutton, Health Information Officer at the Kennel Club, added: “If your dog is unfortunate enough to contract a tick-borne infection, then being aware of the warning signs will allow him to receive vital early veterinary treatment.  It is important that people realise the risks that ticks can pose to both themselves and their dogs and this is why the work carried out by BADA-UK is so important.”

    BADA-UK has produced a range of bite and disease prevention information resources for pet owners and health professionals, which can be found at www.tickbitepreventionweek.org and www.bada-uk.org.

    A podcast presented by Dr. Logan is also available.

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    September 13th, 2012Laura P (Editor)Articles

    Did you know that as many as one in four people could potentially have bought their puppy from a puppy farm without even knowing it?

    This was the shocking result of recent research carried out by the British Kennel Club 1. It just proves what many knowledgeable members of the dog world were already afraid of; that the problem of irresponsibly bred dogs is a major issue, and that it’s getting more serious every day.

    Unfortunately, spouting about why puppy farmers are evil on this webpage is a bit like trying to teach a Newfie how to swim – we’re talking to people who’ve already got the message. You probably got your dog from a responsible breeder, or own a loveable rescue who was abandoned due to the influx of irresponsibly bred dogs in this country. You already know that there’s a problem.

    The 25% of people who acquired a puppy farmed animal probably did so out of pure ignorance. How many times have you had a conversation with someone in the park who bought their puppy from a pet store, or after seeing a free ad in the newspaper or online; how many times have you had to bite your tongue to stop yourself crying out “you just gave money to a puppy farmer!”

    And that’s the problem, really. Money. So long as people continue to purchase animals from puppy farms, puppy farmers will continue to produce those animals. It is also money, or a lack thereof, which stops local councils and the government from doing as much as they should to police the dog breeding industry.

    Which is why events like Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) and Pup Aid are so important. We need to spread the word about the rights and wrongs of puppy buying far and wide, so that no one will ever unwittingly support a puppy farmer again.

    If we can educate the general dog buying public, the demand for these poor animals will decrease. And, as soon as the demand goes down, hopefully the supply chain will dry up.

    That means no more brood bitches forced to have a litter with every season. No more sickly puppies in veterinary waiting rooms. No more heartbreaking stories of how that cute bundle of fluff turned into an expensive and ultimately disappointing pet. No more sad brown eyes in cages in pet stores and garden centres. Less unwanted dogs languishing in rescue centres.

    Surely those are all things that we, dog lovers, want?

    So, please support PAW 2012, and spread the word about this evil practice. You can do so by posting on social media, writing your own blog about the correct way to acquire a puppy, lobbying your local council or MP, or just by simply talking to people. If even one less person acquires a puppy from a puppy farm, you’ve done your bit to help.

    Please take a minute to watch the following video, which explains puppy farming and what we can do to stop it much better than we ever could.

    Also, please take a moment to visit the following websites, all of which are anti-puppy farming and contain information about how you can help:

    Be Puppy Farm Aware
    Stop Puppy Farms
    Stop Puppyfarming End Cruelty (SPEC)
    Dogs Trust – on battery farming of puppies

    If you know of any other websites, or petitions, which are against this horrible practice, please do let us know!


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    July 18th, 2012Laura P (Editor)Articles

    The more we read and report the doggie news, the more we realise how many different factions there are of the dog world, and how varied people’s opinions can be.

    But we think it’s safe to say that puppy farmers are a topic which everyone can agree upon – that is, they can agree to disagree with the practice of high volume puppy ‘factories’, which churn out animals with little regards to where they will end up, their health or mental state, or their parent’s welfare.

    Thankfully, dogdom has knight in shining, erm, scrubs, to tackle this beast of an issue. Vet Marc Abraham has campaigned tirelessly over the past few years to raise awareness of the horrors of puppy farming, and the importance of responsible pet acquisitions.

    One of the cornerstones of his mission is Pup Aid, an annual celebrity judged fun dog show.

    This year, it will be held at Primrose Hill in London, on the 8th of September. Dogs In The News will be sending a reporter, and we very much look forward to seeing you all there.

    The event promises a jam-packed day of fun for all the family – and our faithful four-legged friends – with trade stalls, delicious fresh food, music and Scruffs heats judged by some famous faces.

    But more importantly it’s about saving lives, puppy lives to be exact, and with enough awareness about the cruel farming trade, PupAid hopes to make a difference and put an end to this barbaric practice once and for all.

    So bring your canine companion and join us at what should be a fun day out in aid of a very good cause.

    We’ll be blogging about the horrors of puppy farming and the various efforts to stop it in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, visit pupaid.org for all the details.

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