The puppy industry is booming, with more and more people looking to own a dog. Sadly this has raised a range of problems. The number of people breeding or importing puppies for profit is on the rise and the best interests of the puppies are often far from being the priority.
I have been urging the Government to investigate this industry and to tighten regulation to protect the welfare of puppies and also prevent owners from being ripped off by dodgy breeders.
These breeders often separate new-born puppies from their mothers far too early and don’t give them the necessary vaccinations. Families can take a puppy home without realising it is already very sick with worms, conjunctivitis or even the deadly parvovirus. Illegally imported puppies can travel hundreds of miles alone in a small cage, suffering through this ordeal can leave them with behavioural problems throughout their life.
Too many people have been hit financially and emotionally by these awful practices. Nobody should have to go through the experience of taking home a new puppy only to spend a fortune in vet bills and have to watch them die in matter of weeks.
I have raised these issues with the Government on many occasions. Most recently, I signed an Early Day Motion highlighting research by the RSPCA and calling for improved regulation of breeders. This week I have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on behalf of a large number of my constituents who back the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s campaign for stricter licensing.
I hope the Government will listen and that reforms will be brought forward. I will continue to press for this.
However, in the meantime I hope you will help by sharing this blog so that more people are aware and can avoid unscrupulous breeders the next time they think about buying a puppy.