For years we have held meetings with the biggest UK charities who have an interest in dogs and provided them with evidence about the detrimental effect of selling puppies away from their mothers. We’ve helped to educate them about what third party sales actually means – yes, they were unclear and in some cases unaware about how current legislation works and why it directly fuels and enables puppy farming.
There is a great deal that we are unable to say publicly about those discussions, however, the most disturbing aspect of our meetings over the last 12 months with them has been to hear senior representatives of these much loved and respected charities dismiss hard evidence in favour of speculation and assumption that has no basis in fact. And in some instances U-turn on their previous support for a ban.
Dogs Trust says a ban would be a ‘knee-jerk’ reaction, which begs the question, how many years do they need to understand that puppies being sold away from their mothers in pet shops is morally and ethically wrong? And Blue Cross states that a ban “will not solve the issue of poor welfare standards in puppy breeding”, failing to understand that it would be the most significant way to eradicate puppy farming altogether. As for any charity using the excuse that a ban would ‘drive the trade underground’ they’re basically saying that people would actively look for puppies from criminals – the way drug addicts look for a hit. Wrong again. The majority of the public are trying desperately hard to source puppies responsibly but are being failed by a law that allows them to legally buy puppies away from their mothers.
We’ve learned a great deal about what drives these charities to be run as businesses and we’ve held all this information close to our chests for a long time because we have never wished any of these charities any harm. In fact, rightly or wrongly, we’ve been protecting them for a long time because, despite our disagreements with their senior management and directors, we believe the work of the people on the ground at these charities is genuine and heartfelt and to be applauded.
However, after much soul searching, and having to deal with the heartache of so many people who have been duped by this evil, legal trade and seen too many puppies die and too many puppy farm breeding dogs suffer, we can no longer protect these charities from themselves because that is not our job. Our job is to protect the dogs and puppies from policies that continue to allow their exploitation, neglect and cruelty at the hands of the puppy trade.
It gives us no pleasure to reveal that despite providing them with our evidence and hard data, and in many cases actually begging them to do the right thing, they have chosen not to and instead have been actively lobbying Government not to impose the ban on third party selling that was recommended by the Efra Committee. In doing so these charities have effectively signed a death warrant for thousands of our canine friends and their pups.
We know this will be hard for many of you to accept. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here are just a few examples of why we are so deeply disappointed in the way they have lobbied Government to keep puppies in pet shops and prolong the suffering of puppy farm breeding dogs.