Foster First Covid 19

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT RE FOSTER FIRST AND COVID-19

Firstly, we are immensely grateful to the over 400 people who have been in touch in the last week or so regarding fostering rescue dogs while they are working from home.

Sadly, due to the current lockdown situation, including travel restrictions and social distancing, these very kind offers aren’t able to be accepted at this time by most small rescues. This is because home checks and transportation cannot be arranged. These would normally be done by a network of volunteers. Understandably, precautions must now be in place to ensure that both potential fosterers and rescuers remain safe and unfortunately the resources don’t exist to ensure this can happen.

There are over 100 small rescues on our Foster First site and more joining all the time. And it is small rescues like these and so many others that are the backbone of UK animal welfare. But with fostering not an option at the present time, too many small rescues are now in absolutely desperate situations.

Here’s why:

  • Their volunteers are unable to go out and fundraise in the community now
  • More kennel spaces are having to be paid for to keep dogs (and other animals) safe
  • Most small rescues have rent to pay each month to keep going or face eviction
  • Many now urgently need to buy food for the animals in their care
  • Vets bills continue to be the largest outlay for small rescues

We cannot stress enough that small rescues mostly live a hand to mouth existence at the best of times. But these are the worst of times. Times that none of us ever imagined happening.

Wherever you live in the UK, please we urge you to make a donation to a small local rescue in your community right now. Time is not on their side.

We know that a lot is being asked of us all right now and everyone is having to make difficult decisions. But there are also some small sacrifices that people are having to make as well, like going to the hairdressers, nail bars, restaurants, the cinema, theme parks. It’s just a thought but if you can’t go out to spend money on things like these, you could actually save the life of an animal instead!

Finally, we hope and pray that all of our friends, supporters and followers, rescues and their teams stay safe and well during these frightening times. We must all stay strong for our animal friends who need us to continue to be their voices for a long time to come. Thank you.

www.fosterfirst.co.uk

Petition Handover Sendedd

PETITION HANDOVER AT THE SENEDD

Today, we had great cross-party support as we formally handed over our petition to representatives of the Petitions Committee. We were joined by Eileen Jones, founder of Friends of Animals Wales and Assembly Members who stopped by to show their support.

Our response to the Welsh Government will shortly be posted to the Petitions Committee page.

If you would like to support our ongoing vital work, please visit our DONATE page.

C.A.R.I.A.D. – For dogs. Not for profit.

Happy New Year

2019 REVIEW – HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM C.A.R.I.A.D.

As we move into a new year with new challenges ahead, we want to thank you all for your support throughout 2019. To those of you who have and continue to support our work through donations and fundraising, we are so incredibly grateful to you for believing in us.

2019 has been an extraordinary year – a year where our actions have seen genuine results – from contributing to documentaries and TV programmes and helping journalists expose puppy farming and puppy dealing like never before, to providing evidence that has resulted in raids on unscrupulous breeding establishments and exposing dealers trading in misery, to seeing our Foster First programme truly make a difference to the lives of rescue pets and their rescuers. Here are just some of our highlights and achievements throughout 2019.

We began the year with the news that the brilliant actor and passionate animal advocate, Peter Egan, had agreed to become Patron of our organisation. The much-loved and respected actor is passionate about rescue dogs and has five adopted dogs as part of his family. Of his new role with C.A.R.I.A.D. he said: “I have admired and supported the great work C.A.R.I.A.D. have been doing for many years now, so I am both proud and thrilled, in equal measure, to become their Patron.”

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Following extensive campaigning and lobbying, we welcomed the Welsh Government’s launch of the consultation into a third party ban on the selling of puppies and kittens. It was something we had been eagerly awaiting since Lesley Griffiths spoke at our Lucy’s Law For Wales launch event at The Senedd last summer. We were delighted to have secured this consultation alongside the tireless efforts of our Lucy’s Law campaigning colleagues and with the support and assistance of cross party AMs, MPs and Councils across Wales.

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We released our ‘Turning Wales Pink for Lucy’s Law’ film to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all those whose spirit, love, passion for dogs and belief in us to help us end puppy farming is what makes it possible for us to keep doing what we do every day. Wales spoke and it called for Lucy’s Law. As part of C.A.R.I.A.D.’s campaign for Lucy’s Law in Wales which included an official presentation at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, a drop-in session for Assembly Members to meet puppy farm survivors, rallies and marches with dogs wearing Welsh flag bandanas, Councils across Wales also made it clear that the cruelty and exploitation of puppy farming had to stop.

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The C.A.R.I.A.D. team had a very busy and productive weekend in July putting together the first batch of Foster First leaflets and poster packs for smaller rescues to help them attract more fosterers in their local communities. Even little Alice bichon lent a paw to help her fur friends! Foster First was launched just before Christmas last year and thanks to the exceptional dedication and compassion of Ana Cossart, our Foster First Co-Ordinator, Foster First has had an exceptional first year.

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We launched our SIT-STAY-LEAVE-WAIT campaign, which consisted of four posters for people to share and download to help to make a difference in their local communities. We felt we couldn’t just rely on messages being seen purely on social media, so we encouraged people to distribute in their high streets, supermarket car parks, vets, dog groomers and other highly visible areas.

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After 10 years of hard graft, fighting the exploitation of breeding dogs and puppies, supporting the work of rescues and being part of a team that has changed the law to stop puppy dealing in England with #LucysLaw (hopefully soon in Wales and Scotland too!) our tiny organisation has never stopped trying to make a difference for dog welfare. In all that time it never occurred to us that we would actually be acknowledged for our work with an award! But we were overwhelmed to have been voted ‘Dog Protection Charity of the Year 2019 – UK’ in the Pet Product and Services Awards by LUXlife Magazine.

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In July, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths confirmed third party sales of puppies and kittens are set to be banned in Wales after a consultation showed overwhelming public support. The announcement put Wales in line with England where Lucy’s Law will be fully implemented in April 2020. The introduction of Lucy’s Law in England and Wales is a result of years of campaigning led by Pup Aid, C.A.R.I.A.D. and Canine Action UK. C.A.R.I.A.D. led the campaign in Wales. At the time of writing, an implementation date has not been confirmed.

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C.A.R.I.A.D. attended an historic meeting in Scotland where it was confirmed that third party sales of puppies and kittens (Lucy’s Law) are set to be banned in Scotland. This meant our Lucy’s Law campaign team had secured a third party ban in England, Wales and Scotland. Our thanks went to Mairi Gougeon MSP, Scottish SPCA, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and all those who supported our LucysLaw4Scotland campaign.

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Following the BBC One Wales documentary aired in September (which C.A.R.I.A.D. worked on extensively) highlighting the appalling state of the licensed, legal, regulated puppy farming trade in Wales, the failures of the inspection process, the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of Council licensing inspection reports and the often disturbing guidance provided to licensing inspectors (who are not animal welfare experts) by vets on the fitness of dogs to be bred from, we launched our petition calling on the Minister to intervene with immediate effect and instruct all Welsh Councils to embargo any further licensing, licensing renewal and planning applications relating to dog breeding until such time as there has been a full inquiry into these failures.

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C.A.R.I.A.D. founder Linda Goodman was presented with the People’s Postcode Lottery Local Hero Award at the Animal Hero Awards on Monday, 30th September. Here’s what Linda had to say: “It was extremely humbling to receive this amazing Animal Hero Award on Monday night and huge thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery for sponsoring my Local Hero award. It was also a huge thrill to be presented with my award by the wonderful Paul O’Grady. The atmosphere at the awards was quite extraordinary, so warm and genuine and in some cases deeply moving. The hosts were superb as was the delicious vegan menu. And it was just brilliant to be sitting around a table of people I love and respect.”

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With the help of Wales Online we exposed the shocking slaughter of puppy farm dogs. Throughout 2019, C.A.R.I.A.D. researched why dogs were being systematically killed by certain puppy farmers in Wales without any apparent way to stop them. With the current broken licensing system about to be reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary, there has never been a better opportunity to stop this slaughter of the innocents. We called on the Welsh Government to take action as a matter of urgency.

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Our friends at Dogs Today Magazine wrote a super article on how our Foster First initiative is helping victims of domestic violence. We launched Foster First for a number of reasons, what we didn’t anticipate when we launched our initiative was that it would prove to be a lifeline for victims of domestic violence and their pets. Escaping domestic violence can be difficult. Trying to do so with a beloved pet is even harder, but there are people out there ready to help. Our sincere thanks go to our friends at Dogs Today magazine for supporting our work and that of the many animal heroes who work tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence and their beloved pets.

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In November we celebrated our Foster First anniversary. Thanks to a dedicated network of over 100 smaller rescues around the UK and a fantastic number of caring individuals and families who have opened their hearts and their homes to rescue pets in need, we were able to help save over 225 rescue pets including dogs, cats, cockerels and hens. We also helped and supported 42 victims of domestic violence in finding them somewhere safe for their animals to stay for a while. And ofcourse we couldn’t have done it without YOU! The overwhelmingly kind and caring members of the public who opened your hearts and homes to rescue pets in need. So, to all 378+ members of the public who joined our foster carer list this year, we THANK you from the bottom of our hearts.

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In addition to our collaboration on the BBC documentary, we worked extensively with Times journalist Mark Edmonds on an excellent piece for the Times Magazine. Mark Edmonds headed to Wales to investigate licensed puppy farming and with our help was able to further expose the failings of a broken licensing system and how dogs were still suffering in these licensed premises. A number of these premises have since had their licences revoked.

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Throughout December we ran our ‘Make a Difference December’ advent calendar where we celebrated and supported the work of smaller rescues. Rescues that are there for animals in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week no matter the cost or personal sacrifice, and who so often go the extra mile (sometimes hundreds of miles) to find fosterers, adopters or safe havens in cases of domestic violence. Rescues that save pound dogs on death row when their 7 days are up. Rescues that don’t turn dogs away because they don’t ‘fit their brand’s criteria’. Rescues that never turn dogs in need away because they’re too old, or because they need expensive veterinary treatment, or because they’re not a popular breed. Rescues that have volunteers frantically fundraising for them on the streets or at events in their spare time. Rescues who are the backbone of the nation’s rescue system.

There is still a lot of work for C.A.R.I.A.D. to do and there are still many who will do whatever they can to oppose our aims in order to protect their financial interests. We’ve learned never to underestimate the lengths some people will go to. Fortunately, we’ve learned over the years who we can trust to genuinely have the best interests of animals at heart.

2020 will see more campaigning, educating, lobbying, events and no doubt more exposing of those who continue to consider animals as commodities and not sentient beings. But we are more than up for this challenge. And we have more initiatives to bring to the table in an attempt to find solutions to problems, not band aids that maintain the status quo. Our first big initiative, Foster First is gaining momentum by the day and we’re thrilled to say that people are coming forward to become fosterers and more rescue and rehoming organisations are getting involved every day – not just for dogs, but also cats, rabbits and even ex-battery farmed chickens and other animals. And we want to say a special thank you to Ana Cossart Hall for not only embracing #FosterFirst and running with it so brilliantly and with such enthusiasm, but for being such an amazing fosterer herself.

If you would like to join or support our Foster First programme, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

C.A.R.I.A.D. is a not-for-profit organisation that relies solely on the generosity of the public to continue with our vital work. So if you too believe Care And Respect Includes All Dogs then please consider donating or sponsoring us.

We wish everyone and their animal friends a happy, safe and peaceful 2020.

With love from Linda, Sue and Ana xxx

Foster First Family

TODAY WE CELEBRATE OUR FOSTER FIRST FAMILY

C.A.R.I.A.D. ‘MAKE A DIFFERENCE DECEMBER’ ADVENT CALENDAR

Today, we celebrate and support the work of all the rescues who are part of our Foster First programme – our Foster First Family.

Rescues that are there for animals in need 24 hours a day, 7 days a week no matter the cost or personal sacrifice, and who so often go the extra mile (sometimes hundreds of miles) to find fosterers, adopters or safe havens in cases of domestic violence. Rescues that save pound dogs on death row when their 7 days are up. Rescues that don’t turn dogs away because they don’t ‘fit their brand’s criteria’. Rescues that never turn dogs in need away because they’re too old, or because they need expensive veterinary treatment, or because they’re not a popular breed. Rescues that have volunteers frantically fundraising for them on the streets or at events in their spare time (not to be confused with the people you often see manning stands who are just paid professionals posing as representatives of large, wealthy charities).

These rescues, these wonderful, generous-spirited human beings have become our family, our friends, our heroes and our inspiration to do even more for rescues who may not be household names but who are the backbone of the nation’s rescue system. Please, as an animal lover, whenever you’re considering making a donation because you really want to make a difference, look at the smaller rescues who won’t just see you as a number, but who will value you as a guardian angel for the dogs, cats and other animals they put first.

On behalf of all our Foster First family, thank you. Together we want to continue to make an even bigger difference for animals in need in 2020 so please keep following the Foster First and C.A.R.I.A.D. social media channels and websites to keep updated.

For details of all our Foster First rescues, please visit our Foster First website at the link below:

www.fosterfirst.co.uk/rescues-needing-fosterers/

Make a Difference December Advent Calendar

C.A.R.I.A.D.’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE DECEMBER ADVENT CALENDAR

This December, we’re asking you to join us in supporting smaller rescues around the UK.

Each day our ‘Make a Difference December’ advent calendar will highlight a smaller rescue that is part of our Foster First programme. Please visit our social media pages where you will find lots of information and ways YOU can make a difference to rescues and animals in need – sharing, supporting, donating, volunteering, fostering, adopting and fundraising.

www.facebook.com/CARIADcampaign
www.facebook.com/FosterFirst
twitter.com/FOSTERFIRST1

Foster First Anniversary Poster

C.A.R.I.A.D. CELEBRATES OUR FOSTER FIRST ANNIVERSARY

One year ago today, C.A.R.I.A.D. launched Foster First. And what a year it’s been!

Thanks to a dedicated network of over 100 smaller rescues around the UK and a fantastic number of caring individuals and families who have opened their hearts and their homes to rescue pets in need, we have been able to help save over 225 rescue pets including dogs, cats, cockerels and hens.

We’ve also helped and supported 42 victims of domestic violence in finding them somewhere safe for their animals to stay for a while. Here’s just one of the many articles our dear friends at Dogs Today Magazine have dedicated to Foster First and our vital work.

We couldn’t have done any of this without the extraordinary smaller rescues who are part of our Foster First programme, rescues often run solely by volunteers in desperate need of funds. Here are just some of the rescues who have been there for us and the animals without hesitation, at all times of the day and night and no matter the cost of veterinary bills. These are the unsung animal heroes. For details of all our rescues needing foster carers, please visit our Foster First website.

And of course, there’s YOU! The overwhelmingly kind and caring members of the public who opened your hearts and homes to rescue pets in need. It’s because of you over 225 rescue pets had somewhere warm and safe to stay for a while. It’s because of you 23 foster pets became what we call ‘failed fosters’ and have been adopted by their fosterers. It’s because of you rescues and pound-pullers were able to save the lives of more animals. It’s because of you that homeless people and their pets didn’t have to live in their cars or tents or have to surrender their beloved pets for permanent rehoming. So, to all 378+ members of the public who joined our foster carer list this year, we THANK you from the bottom of our hearts.

This is a critical time of year for animals in need. All sorts of animals – dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles and others. This is the time when uncaring people ‘throw out’ their loyal canine companions because they’re older and they want to buy a ‘cute’ puppy instead. A time when people decide to go on holiday and leave their pets behind. A time when smaller rescues around the UK are left to pick up the pieces as they always do. These rescues aren’t ‘household names’. Even if they all clubbed together, they couldn’t afford to make a TV commercial at Christmas or at any other time of the year. Please think about this when it comes to making your next charitable donation. These are the rescues that genuinely need your help now and these are the rescues that continue to need fosterers more desperately than ever.

If you would like to join or support our Foster First programme, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

C.A.R.I.A.D. is a not-for-profit organisation that relies solely on the generosity of the public to continue with our vital work. So if you too believe Care And Respect Includes All Dogs then please consider donating or sponsoring us.

Dogs Today Magazine

HOW FOSTER FIRST IS HELPING VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

C.A.R.I.A.D. stands for Care And Respect Includes All Dogs and our primary objective is to end the suffering of breeding dogs and their puppies used in puppy farming and puppy dealing, through legislative changes, public education and awareness. But it doesn’t stop there. We are also committed to developing solutions-based initiatives to solve wider canine welfare problems and help our best friends to live their best lives. And so Foster First was launched.

We launched Foster First for three key reasons 1) to help stem the flow of unwanted puppies entering the rescue system 2) as a response to the UK’s rescue dog and kennel space crisis with the aim of bringing more people together who may not even know about fostering and 3) to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation that many older people feel by showing them how fostering a dog can bring companionship into their lives without the fear of long-term commitment.

What we didn’t anticipate when we launched Foster First was that it would prove to be a lifeline for victims of domestic violence and their pets. Escaping domestic violence can be difficult. Trying to do so with a beloved pet is even harder, but there are people out there ready to help … read more in the current edition of Dogs Today magazine.

Our sincere thanks go to our friends at Dogs Today magazine for supporting our work and that of the many animal heroes who work tirelessly to help victims of domestic violence and their beloved pets.

Wales Online Article

SHOCKED BY HOW THEY LIVE? NOW LEARN HOW THEY DIE!

IF YOU WERE SHOCKED AT THE BBC ONE WALES PROGRAMME SHOWING HOW DOGS ARE LIVING IN LICENSED WELSH PUPPY FARMS YOU’LL BE EVEN MORE SHOCKED AT HOW THEY ARE DYING … AND WHY.

The failures of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 were revealed to a horrified audience on BBC One Wales on Monday 30th September 2019. Now, we can reveal that the way they die is even more shocking, as are the reasons why.

It has long been known that unwanted puppy farm breeding dogs that aren’t lucky enough to be handed over to rescues by puppy farmers for rehoming have an uncertain fate. Some dogs are sold on privately by puppy farmers but there are also some licensed establishments that historically have neither retired their unwanted breeding dogs to rescues nor sold them privately to other puppy farmers or advertised them for sale to members of the public.

These are the dogs that are being systematically ‘disposed’ of by means of destruction that is so brutal it is hard to comprehend how people who have made so much money out of their exploitation can sleep at night. But sleep they do. And it’s important to state that these are dogs that are not sick, nor are they emergency ‘mercy’ killings. We’ve received licensing inspection reports stating DOGS ARE DESTROYED TO GET NUMBERS DOWN because they exceed agreed licensing numbers. Others are being killed by puppy farmers when they are told they are no longer fit to breed from. But as anyone who has adopted or fostered an ex-breeding dog will know, just because they can no longer reproduce it does not mean that they aren’t able to go on to live full, happy lives when adopted. The ONLY reason puppy farmers are using bolt guns to slaughter dogs is the same reason they are kept in such appalling conditions. They just don’t care. And they don’t want the cost of humane euthanasia eating into their blood soaked profits.

Whilst the image of dogs being shot in the head with a bolt gun are hugely distressing, too distressing to show here, what will be more shocking to our nation’s dog lovers is that there are licensed establishments in Wales slaughtering dogs with bolt guns and by other horrific means without any supervision or impartial witnesses, and no intervention from local authorities or the Welsh Government because it appears that nobody knows whether a law covering this exists or which, if any, department is ultimately responsible. It is also being caused by flimsy wording in the current regulations which is easy for puppy farmers to ignore.

Within the Government’s current guidance framework, the exact wording reads:

Dog Breeding Establishments

Guidance for Local Authorities

Welsh Ministers Guidance to Local Authorities issued pursuant to Regulation 13 of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014

4.7 Strategy for the retirement of breeding bitches and stud dogs. Local Authorities should consider the licence holders strategy for dealing with retired dogs including means of disposal and/or methods of re-homing that ensures the welfare of the dog as far as possible.

For the last 12 months C.A.R.I.A.D. has been researching why dogs are being systematically killed by certain puppy farmers in Wales without any apparent way to stop them. And in the last 12 months alone we know of at least 125 breeding dogs being bolt gunned from just three licensed puppy farms in West Wales alone. Because of the secretive nature of puppy farming it’s impossible to know ahead of time when dogs are going to be killed so the true numbers of dogs slaughtered in these farms right now can never be known.

Our story broke on this yesterday in the Western Mail and we’re grateful to Martin Shipton for meeting with us and talking through our evidence to help expose this travesty of animal welfare. However, with only limited space available in the paper, there was much that he couldn’t fit in to the article. So we’d like to tell you some of the other things that we have discovered in the last year which are hard to believe.

  1. Firstly, you don’t require a licence to buy or use a bolt gun. Bolt guns were declassified as Firearms in February 1998.
  2. Although you require a Certificate of Competency to operate a bolt gun on livestock we have found nobody who could clarify whether you need a Certificate of Competency to use a bolt gun on a companion animal.
  3. In April 2010 the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons stated that the use of captive bolt guns to kill dogs is unacceptable.
  4. Over the last 12 months we have been in contact with certain councils regarding large scale slaughter of breeding dogs by their licensed puppy farms using bolt guns, and more recently we sent out FOIs and emails to councils across Wales regarding the issue of the killing of dogs by licensed establishments. Some councils referred us to the police. Others referred us to the Animal Health and Plant Agency while others told us to contact the Food Standards Agency! In all cases, we reached a dead end because nobody knew where responsibility for dogs on this lies.
  5. One council explained more about the use of bolt guns stating: “It should always be remembered that captive-bolt devices are percussive stunners, not humane killers, and stunning should always be followed by immediate bleeding or pithing to ensure death.” This of course is in relation to their use on livestock. Again, nothing on the use of bolt guns on companion animals.
  6. We wrote to the Welsh government and although we have received an email stating they are happy to answer our questions, at the time of posting, we still await these answers.

We can only deduce from our research that nobody is responsible for the way these dogs are being killed which is hard to comprehend or accept. Even the Animal Welfare Act 2006 doesn’t seem to offer any protection for them.

With the current broken licensing system about to be reviewed by the Cabinet Secretary, there has never been a better opportunity to stop this slaughter of the innocents. It is hard to even imagine the terror and suffering of these dogs at the hands of people who show so little mercy for them in life and so little regard for them in death. Can you imagine a Bichon, a Cavalier, a Chihuahua, a Schnauzer just as a few examples of dogs being killed like this right now having one of these terrifying weapons held against their heads and fired? It is a gut-wrenching thought for any dog lover isn’t it? But it’s happening. Please help us to stop it.

What C.A.R.I.A.D. is calling for as part of the Cabinet Secretary’s urgent review of the Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) (Wales) Regulations 2014 is that current Guidance ‘Strategy for the retirement of breeding bitches and stud dogs’ is revised as follows and becomes a mandatory part of licensing conditions:

Every dog’s life and death must be accounted for and documented, including the method of transfer or euthanasia. The word ‘disposal’ must be removed within the Guidance wording. We dispose of rubbish, not sentient creatures!

Regardless of whether a breeder is being made to downsize because they have too many dogs in relation to their licence or otherwise, or whether the dogs are declared no longer fit to breed from by a vet, there must only be three options for the ‘retirement’ of these dogs which are:

  • handing the dogs in to a recognised rehoming organisation

or

  • if sold on to the public, that the breeder must ensure these dogs are spayed/neutered prior to sale and that the sale is recorded and documented with details of the purchaser on the licensing inspection report in addition to requirements of The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015 which state:

Change of keeper
8.—(1) From 6 April 2016, where a dog is transferred to a new keeper, the new keeper must, unless the previous keeper has already done so, record their full name, address and contact telephone number (if any) and any change in the dog’s name with the database on which the dog’s details are recorded pursuant to regulation 3(5)(b).
(2) From 6 April 2016 no keeper may transfer a dog to a new keeper until it has been microchipped unless a certificate issued under regulation 3(2) or 3(3) states that microchipping would significantly compromise a dog’s health.

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  • if a dog is deemed by a qualified veterinary professional to be beyond veterinary help that they are humanely euthanised by a vet and this is recorded and documented with the details of the vet, date and location on the licensing inspection report

We can only hope that the wider canine welfare world will support our campaign to end this slaughter. But the dogs need more than hope. They need action and they need it now. Will you help us to help these poor dogs by contacting your AM and local councillor today? If you’ve already contacted your local councillor in the past about puppy farming or Lucy’s Law, you will probably find that they will be equally horrified by this deathly loophole. Please feel free to use any of the contents of this post in your own correspondence urging them to raise this issue with the Cabinet Secretary as a matter of urgency.

You can find details of your local Councillor by visiting your local council website.

You can find details of your Assembly Member here: http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgFindMember.aspx

IMPORTANT: In response to our article in the Western Mail a Welsh Government spokesman said: “The Animal Welfare Breeding of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2014 came into force in April 2015 and, as is the normal procedure, regulations are regularly reviewed. The minister has asked the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group for a review to consider if the regulations are fit for purpose.”

The Government promised a review after one year, which didn’t happen, then after two years, again this didn’t happen. We are now in the fifth year and finally a review is happening. HOWEVER, we are disturbed to hear that a review is being undertaken by the Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, a group whose membership includes key members of the farming community (including a former National Farmers Union President), vets who themselves are farmers and one member who sits on the Canine & Feline Sector Group. Here’s why we simply can’t understand the relevance of consulting with this group:

“The aim of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group is to ensure healthy livestock are kept to high standards of welfare and lower the risk of the spread of animal diseases.”

Dogs are not livestock and in this country are not part of the food chain. So how is this group’s opinion relevant to dog welfare? And how could this group possibly be impartial enough to “consider if the regulations are fit for purpose.”?

https://gov.wales/wales-animal-health-and-welfare-framework-group

Finally, the issue of using bolt guns on dogs is not new and our friends at Caged NW have been fighting hard for it to be banned for many years. Whether domestic pets or racing greyhounds the issue is the same – it’s all about DOGS and we are so grateful to our friends at Caged NW for giving us permission to use the hashtag #BanTheBolt

We look forward to campaigning with them further on this issue.

Click on the link below to read the Western Mail article.

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/puppy-farms-slaughter-dogs-breeding-17091086

 

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C.A.R.I.A.D. FOUNDER RECEIVES ANIMAL HERO AWARD

C.A.R.I.A.D. founder Linda Goodman was presented with the People’s Postcode Lottery Local Hero Award at the Animal Hero Awards on Monday, 30th September.

Here’s what Linda had to say: “It was extremely humbling to receive this amazing Animal Hero Award on Monday night and huge thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery for sponsoring my Local Hero award. It was also a huge thrill to be presented with my award by the wonderful Paul O’Grady. The atmosphere at the awards was quite extraordinary, so warm and genuine and in some cases deeply moving. The hosts were superb as was the delicious vegan menu. And it was just brilliant to be sitting around a table of people I love and respect including my incredible C.A.R.I.A.D. colleague Sue Davey, Lisa Garner and puppy farm survivor Plum Pudding who accompanied me onto the stage, the brave Dave Wardell and beautiful Finn, Eileen Jones – founder of Friends of Animals Wales who is the reason I founded C.A.R.I.A.D. in the first place having adopted two ex puppy farm breeding girls from her years ago, and of course my superhero buddy Marc Abraham, with our adored patron Peter Egan close by. It was a night I will always treasure and such a morale booster for what lies ahead.”

Here’s Linda and the wonderful Paul O’Grady backstage at the awards:

So lovely to catch up backstage with the fabulous Linda Goodman and the lovely Paul O’Grady C.A.R.I.A.D.

Posted by Animal Hero Awards on Thursday, 3 October 2019

Action4Dogs

C.A.R.I.A.D. WELSH GOVERNMENT E-PETITION: IMMEDIATE EMBARGO

Following the BBC One Wales documentary on Monday 30th September 2019 highlighting the appalling state of the licensed, legal, regulated puppy farming trade in Wales, the failures of the inspection process, the inconsistencies and inaccuracies of Council licensing inspection reports and the often disturbing guidance provided to licensing inspectors (who are not animal welfare experts) by vets on the fitness of dogs to be bred from, we are calling on the Minister to intervene with immediate effect and instruct all Welsh Councils to embargo any further licensing, licensing renewal and planning applications relating to dog breeding until such time as there has been a full inquiry into these failures.

WATCH OUR VIDEO HERE:

SIGN OUR PETITION HERE:

https://www.assembly.wales/en/gethome/e-petitions/Pages/petitiondetail.aspx?PetitionID=1650

#Action4Dogs