The Kennel Club and its four-legged lobbyists will be in Manchester for the Conservative Party Conference this week to campaign for measures that will help to stop the cruel puppy farming trade, and to set out a dog ‘wish list’ for the Conservative manifesto.
The Kennel Club will be joined by dogs from the Greater Manchester Police’s Dog Unit to help raise awareness amongst politicians and delegates of the issues surrounding puppy farming.
This will be the first time that doors have been opened to dogs during the Conservative conference.
(Above) Rio, a German Shepherd bred by the Greater Manchester Police
The Greater Manchester Police is a member of the Kennel Club’s Accredited Breeder Scheme, whose members agree to follow responsible breeding practices in order to ensure their puppies have the best chance of leading healthy, happy lives.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director said: “The Kennel Club is lobbying for a set of health and welfare requirements; similar to those adhered to by KC Accredited Breeders, to be made mandatory for anyone breeding dogs. It also wants to see secondary regulations introduced under the Animal Welfare Act, which would prohibit the sale of puppies in pet shops.
“We encourage people to sign our petition, which already has over 14,500 signatures, to call on government and any future government, to enforce a mandatory set of welfare requirements for all breeders that put health and welfare first and foremost.”
In contrast to Kennel Club Accredited Breeders, puppy farms mass-produce puppies, keeping them in poor conditions in order to increase profits. The pups are usually removed from their mothers too early, transported across the country to dealers, who then sell them from the internet, pet shops, free newspapers or even motorway service stations.
As a result the puppies are often not socialised and may suffer from fatal health problems including pneumonia and parvovirus.