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For years I have campaigned against puppy farming, dealers and pet shops, in fact any outlet that is involved in the breeding and selling of puppies by third parties. Why you may ask? Because it is a clandestine trade that lacks public awareness and Governments fail miserably to accept that puppy farming resulting in puppy trafficking is detrimental to animal welfare. Through my thoughts on my blog I will highlight some of the daily happenings from my perspective as a campaigner against the puppy trade.

Disclaimer: My name is Patricia from Puppy Alert, the opinions and views expressed on this blog are entirely my own.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Councillor suggests more farmers should plough their money into dog breeding

My goodness what is the matter with Welsh Councillors, why do some feel that farmers should diversify into dog breeding to put money back into their farm?  This was one Councillors (County Councillor Linda Davies Evans) thoughts when asked by the media to comment on the retrospective planning application for Beili Bedw.
Every one is entitled to have their opinion, I do not dispute that but why would someone wish to encourage battery dog farming? http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Defiant-campaigners-vow-continue-puppy-farm/story-13280410-detail/story.html

Beili Bedw is the largest licensed dog breeding establishment in Wales, there are more not too far behind in numbers of dogs on the premises.  Surely to suggest that others and the vast majority are, like the owners of Beili Bedw, farmers, is Councillor Davies Evans seriously suggesting that others follow in the footsteps of Beili Bedw?  Is it right that so many dogs and so few staff should be contained in a couple of farm sheds day and night without human contact. Who will attend to a whelping bitch if in need, who will attend to the puppies when weaning and need four meals a day and grooming, is there time for grooming, exercise and daylight, do the dogs ever see daylight and have a free run?  Who will have time to take an unwell dog to the vet, does it even happen? What do you think with 196 dogs and few staff?

It is very easy to put two dogs together and allow them to mate to produce a litter of puppies to sell to dealers this is what these battery dog farms do. They do not select a male and female dog carefully ensure that they are screened for known health issues  in the pedigree breed, by using the Kennel Club and BVA health screening schemes - that costs money and takes profit away from the business.  These dog farms are businesses, what else can they be called?  I always used the word puppy farms but that conjures up a pretty picture of puppies, frolicking like lambs in springtime on green grass, when of course the reality is quite different many puppies will never see daylight, just bare walls usually grey concrete with a heating lamp and often no bed just something basic on the concrete floor. As for the puppies mother she will be provided the same, a cow mat or bread pallet, if lucky a plastic bed but invariably no bedding, some pregnant bitches have nothing but a concrete floor to give birth on, mostly alone and often in darkness.  Do not think comfort, warmth and careful rearing for the puppies or extra nutrition for the dam, more often that not veterinary care is not given, in fact very rare if anything extra given to the dogs other than the bare necessities to keep them alive and produce puppies every season. The breeders will say they breed every other season which is once in 12 months how without irrefutable identification of the dogs and accurate record keeping can this be proven, it cannot, because they do not keep accurate records. The inspecting officers know this but they do nothing even though it is a breach of their licence conditions. I could and will write much more later ...           

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