Sometimes the truth hurts. Tough! Dogs are dying and we MUST be their voice.
Over the coming days, weeks and months we’re going to be speaking the truth. You won’t always like what we have to say, but it will be truth based on evidence and years of experience.
Thousands of dogs are suffering on puppy farms and in pet shops and they’ve been suffering for decades. When we first started C.A.R.I.A.D. we were naïve about why this had been allowed to continue for so long. But now we understand. We understand because we have taken the time to meet face to face with people. The public, breeders both good and bad, vets, behaviourists, Councils both good and bad, welfare organisations large and small, the pet trade, AMs, MPs and MEPs.
This type of suffering doesn’t happen by chance, it is being enabled by inadequate legislation, ineffective council officials and a vast network of people and organisations that so many of us have had great faith in all our lives. But regrettably many have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. In other words, they are saying one thing publicly but behind our backs they are doing something quite different so that the cruel puppy trade continues, no matter the consequences to the dogs, the puppies or YOU the public.
Some of these people and organisations have tried to silence us and some may try to again. But their threats, false accusations and attempts to denigrate us are nothing more than distraction techniques designed to not only try and derail the truth but to disguise their own failings, ignorance and in many cases pure self-interest and financial greed.
Now in our seventh year of campaigning and lobbying we have, over time, been gradually peeling away the skin of an onion and revealed layers that have made us cry discovering things we could never have imagined at the beginning of this journey. We thought the greatest enemies of the dogs were the puppy farmers themselves. But what has emerged has in some cases shocked us to the core. The real politics of puppy farming and the puppy trade in the UK is shameful. And now it’s time for those responsible to be publicly challenged. At the end of the day, knowledge is power. And 2017 is the year when we will provide you with that knowledge so that the balance of power is returned to the public and ultimately to the dogs we all care about.