(Blue Cross Press Release) Pet charity Blue Cross welcomed celebrity vet and animal welfare campaigner, Marc Abraham, to its Victoria animal hospital today as it backs his Pup Aid campaign to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops.
His visit to the world’s first animal hospital, which was founded in 1906, comes before a Parliamentary debate (September 4th) on the issue of young dogs and cats being available to buy in pet shops.
Blue Cross believes pet shops are unsuitable places to sell puppies and kittens, not only because they can compromise a pet’s welfare, but also because they can lead to people buying them on impulse.
Many pets sold in pet shops are irresponsibly bred and taken away from their mothers too young. As a result they often suffer from serious life-threatening problems.
Blue Cross cares for around 40,000 pets every year across its four animal hospitals and 12 rehoming centres. The charity often takes in pets that have been bought on a whim.
Rachel Cunningham, Public Affairs Manager at Blue Cross said: “We’re delighted to welcome Marc to the Victoria hospital today. His Pup Aid campaign has captured the public imagination and is really helping to promote responsible pet ownership.
“We are also pleased that these issues are to be discussed in Parliament and we will be working closely with MPs to ensure a full and wide ranging debate.”
Marc Abraham (above), founder of Pup Aid and winner of CEVA’s ‘Vet of the Year’ award for animal welfare adds: “We are really pleased that the House of Commons is considering our e-petition about the sale of young puppies and kittens and it’s fantastic to have the support of Blue Cross.
“Calls on the Government to review existing legislation to ensure that prospective owners should always see the puppy or kitten with its mother, and to ban the sale of puppies and kittens from retail centres or puppy supermarkets, would be a really positive step in the right direction for animal welfare in the UK.”