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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.

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Farmers Hidden Secret

The Farmers Hidden Secret.  
Before reading further please open the link http://www.beilibluetexels.co.uk/ to find what can be described as a very attractive sketch of a period farmhouse as it was years ago and alongside the property as it can be seen today, a modern photo of a farmhouse with agriculture sheds to the right, making an attractive rural scene. The written account refers to the occupants prized sheep, a flock of blue texels named after the property Beili Bedw, together with details of the business side of the farm of 120 acres owned, with a further 180 acres rented fields used by the sheep farmer to graze his 1,200 sheep for meat production.
The article makes interesting reading.  One could be forgiven for taking the account on face value, the life of a modern day sheep farmer following in the steps of his grandfather who was also a farmer with an interest in livestock.   However there is a difference, this modern day farmer has a secret, one he hides from view and does not advertise or write about on web sites, in fact you will find no advertisements for his wares. His hidden secret lies behind the agriculture barn doors and they are silent.
This modern day sheep farmer is also a licensed commercial dog breeder (licensed by Carmarthenshire County Council), not like his grandfather who kept a few dogs for breeding but is licensed to keep 196 dogs on the premises.   Making this modern day farmer the largest licensed commercial dog breeder in West Wales.  Like all battery dog farmers, (the name I use to descibe  these large commercial breeders), he too sells his litters of puppies to dealers and pet shops.  The general public do not enter the premises to purchase puppies, therefore few people know what goes on behind the closed doors of the agriculture barns - these dogs, just like the battery hens live for most of their entire productive life behind closed doors, they are kept for one purpose alone to produce endless litters of puppies.
This sheep farmer that was granted retrospective planning permission for change of use for the agriculture sheds from 9 breeding dogs in 1994 to 196 dogs on the premises in 2011. was the same farmer that placed the original application into the Council for an extension to the barns stating the use was for housing sheep and agriculture implements. That plan did not materialise, the farmer declared in his statement to planning.  Instead this modern day farmer equipped the agriculture barns with automatic feeders, made cubicles for the dogs, lots of dogs, many more than his licence permitted but he forgot he needed to have planning permission for change of use. 
This modern day farmer even believed together with his wife, an employee of Carmarthenshire County Council and one part time employee that they could adequately care for, at the time  in 2011, 800 sheep and 200 followers, now increased their stock to 1,200 sheep and 196 dogs and the Council agreed this is acceptable.   Is it any wonder that this retrospective application drew the attention of nearly 800 objections, all ignored by Carmarthenshire County Council, who have shown only contempt for peoples objections and gave permission - common sense disregarded.
Look again at the photo of the agriculture barns and ask yourself what must it be like for a dog to spend its entire life within an agriculture barn to produce and whelp puppies every heat season for the pet trade?   The dog breeding licence conditions may say a breeding dog can only produce one litter in 12 month period but without irrefutable identification how can one tell.
Who is socialising the puppies? There is no one to care adequately for the dog’s or the puppies needs and who will take care for a breeding bitch about to give birth and to oversee their whelping needs? This is gross exploitation of the needs of the dogs for monetary gain. It is not acceptable to accommodate a few hundred dogs in a barn with automatic feeders and expect them to fend for themselves. It is also not acceptable for Carmarthenshire County Council to have agreed to licence the premises for 196 dogs and granting planning permission for change of use.
Mr modern farmer next time you decide to write about your business affairs and the sheep that you so proudly display at shows, spare a thought for your dogs the ones that are isolated within your agriculture sheds, the dogs that are to you only as important as to the income gained from their exploitation on the conveyor belt system operating within yours and others premises churning out endless litters of puppies then selling them to dealers for the pet trade.  Why not write about their life on a web site?  No of course that would not be advisable because too many decent people may object to the commercial breeding of dogs contained within agriculture sheds on a battery dog farm, kept as livestock.  Dogs are sentient beings, please treat them as such instead of exploiting them for monetary gain.
Read the full account of the planning application and the Councils decision here.   It is quite enlightening.


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