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.
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.
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.
You can read more about Licensed Third Party Puppy Vending at the link below:
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.
You can read more about third party puppy seller prosecutions at the link below:
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 …
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.
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.
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.