Minister Pledges to Tackle Welsh Puppy Farming

The Kennel Club has welcomed the announcement by Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones AM, to review the way dogs are bred and sold in Wales, and in particular her commitment to take tackle puppy farming.
 
The Kennel Club has been calling on the Welsh Assembly to review existing dog breeding and licensing legislation.

Local authorities have been looking into cruelty and neglect at some puppy farms as part of Assembly Government-funded projects.
 
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 commonly suffer from fatal health problems including pneumonia and parvovirus, as well as dangerous infestations of fleas and worms, often requiring hundreds of pounds of veterinary or behavioural treatment to fix.
 
The announcement comes just a month after the Minister announced plans for a complete ban on electric shock dog collars.
 
Kennel Club Communications Director Caroline Kisko welcomed the review, saying: “We are very concerned that there are a number of breeders with poor standards of care, both licensed and unlicensed, who are getting away with putting profits in their pockets above the health and welfare of their dogs.
 
“The Kennel Club has nothing but praise for the Welsh Assembly Government’s pledge to ban electric shock collars in Wales – we have led the campaign on banning electric shock collars and have lobbied the Assembly extensively.
 
“We hope that Assembly Members and the Welsh Assembly Government will work with the Kennel Club and others to take an equally robust stand in relation to puppy farms and poor breeding practice.”

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  1. The sale of puppies in pet shops needs to be banned. Shaming them doesn’t work (although it may work for newspapers) and they’ve had their chance to act humanely.

    The argument that breeders put money into the economy is no argument at all, and probably one that William Wilberforce rolled his eyes at regularly.

    Time for legislators to step in.

  2. If the Assembly were really serious they would insist that LA’s license conditions and the AW act was being implemented right now this minute . If they did this it would be a great improvement for the dogs at the present time while they wait for further improvements. Simple things like clean drinking water ,dry bedding, light and air and veterinary treatment when it was needed would be appreciated by forgotten dogs who have suffered for decades. At the moment these conditions are breached on daily basis.

  3. If Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones AM is serious about tacking puppy farming then she must start by placing pressure on the Welsh Councils for their present lax standards when granting dog breeders a licence. Stop allowing Councils to grant licences to breeders who intend to use disused agriculture barns, cow sheds, calving pens, pig styes and disused refrigerated trailers for kenneling their breeding bitches as Councils do now. Stop allowing breeders to have 20 to 150 breeding bitches and no or inadequate staff to care for the dogs. Stop issueing Pet Shop licences to dealers to allow them to buy and sell puppies onto pet shops. Stop ignoring non complience with dog breeding and pet shop licencing conditions.
    Until the Welsh Assembly accept that existing conditions and standards are extremely poor in most dog breeding etablishments in Wales and be willing to bring standards up to what is acceptable standards in Dog Boarding Kennels, then what ever they say will have little or no overall effect on the animal welfare standards for the dogs. They must also tackle the health status of the dogs. None will be health screened and as three counties in Wales produce at least 26,000 puppies a year from licenced premises, double it would not be an under estimation for many will breed each season from their dogs and there are equally as many unlicenced breeders operating from these three counties as those that are. Therefore 26,000 puppies a year is a very low estimation and 50,000 plus is more likely, most will be bred from unscreened dogs and produce puppies with inherent faults and diseases. This is the commercial puppy trade, it is clandestine trade that needs strict regulation and standards introduced through Government if we are ever going to see this trade curbed. Stop puppies being sold from dealers and pet shops would curb much of this trade for a start.

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