LET’S WRITE OFF PUPPY FARMING FOREVER – WRITE TO YOUR MP

Posted: October 27, 2017 in Diary

As part of the ‘Paws 4 Thought – 36 Hours of Action For Puppy Farm Dogs’ event being held on 29th October – 30th October, puppy farm campaigner Sue Rouhan will be calling on dog lovers and campaigners everywhere to write to their Members of Parliament urging them to help write off puppy farming forever.

The Dogs Need You - Write To Your MP

Sue Rouhan’s campaign began with a petition to Ceredigion County Council entitled ‘Help me free breeding dogs from convicted illegal puppy farmer Richard Jones‘. This petition is now 33,976 strong and contains regular updates. We urge everyone to view and sign at the link below.

https://www.change.org/p/ceredigion-council-help-me-free-breeding-dogs-from-convicted-illegal-puppy-farmer-richard-jones

Here’s a message from Paws 4 Thought mascot herself, Blodwyn (click image).

Blodwyn Message

Let’s stand United Against Puppy Farming and with the help of our Members of Parliament, let’s write off puppy farming forever.

For details of your MP, please visit: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

A sample email is provided below, but we do encourage everyone to add their own words and experiences where possible. We have also included links at the bottom of this post should you wish to include them in your email, or any images contained within them.

Dear (insert name)

LET’S WRITE OFF PUPPY FARMING FOREVER

As you’ll be aware, thousands of puppies and breeding dogs suffer and die needlessly as a result of low welfare, high volume breeding on establishments commonly known as puppy farms. Like me, you’ll be horrified this practice is still LEGAL in the UK as is the practice of third party puppy dealing – the selling of puppies through pet shops and puppy dealers – this activity was highlighted in the recent shocking Panorama documentary entitled ‘Britain’s Puppy Dealers Exposed.

As my serving Member of Parliament, I urge you to put pressure on Defra to include a ban on the third-party selling of puppies in the proposed new licensing regulations, and to push for stronger regulations than those currently being proposed. And further, to ensure Defra provides Local Authorities with the resources and expertise they need to enforce new regulations. Nobody wants to see the failings of the Welsh dog breeding regulations being repeated in England.

We all welcome changes to existing animal welfare legislation, and in fact the pending revisions to the Animal Establishment Licensing provides the ideal opportunity to introduce a third-party puppy sales ban, as recommended by the EFRA Committee at the end of 2016. As I’m sure you will agree, this will reduce the administrative burden for Local Authorities and meet its objective of high standards of animal welfare.

In terms of third-party puppy selling, the activity of carrying on a business of selling puppies a seller has not bred, it’s important to recognise that it is this puppy dealing activity which supports low welfare, high volume breeding (puppy farming) because reputable breeders will NEVER sell their puppies through a pet shop or puppy dealer.

Currently there are approximately 80 commercial third-party puppy sellers holding a pet shop licence permitting the sale of puppies. Only around a third are high street pet shops and the majority operate from a diverse range of premises including residential homes – meaning the type of operation may not be apparent to potential purchasers. There are no accurate figures for the scale of the trade, but an estimated 80,000 puppies may be sold annually by licensed pet shops and puppy dealers. Puppies are sourced cheaply from puppy farms (usually licensed) in the UK, Republic of Ireland and the rest of Europe, which means it is impossible to ensure breeding dogs in these puppy farms are afforded even the minimum standards of welfare.

A third-party puppy sales ban is an essential first step to tackling the issue of puppy farming as well as imperative for the protection of puppies and consumers. It is the most cost-efficient solution to tackling issues of welfare and illegal trading – including the trafficking of puppies into the UK from Europe.

Enforcement is already demonstrably successful against illegal (unlicensed) traders and actioned by various agencies including local authorities, Trading Standards and the RSPCA. The trade is wholly dependent upon advertising to attract customers and therefore will remain visible to enforcement agencies. It cannot survive ‘underground’ and detached from its customers. I should highlight at this point that the RSPCA and the Kennel Club are fully supportive of this ban. And as previously mentioned, a ban was strongly recommended by the EFRA Committee citing numerous reasons for this recommendation.

There is much to add, but I respect your busy schedule, so I’ll end by saying … for too long dogs and puppies have been suffering unimaginable cruelty in licensed and unlicensed dog breeding establishments, enough is enough. If Defra and devolved Governments can’t or won’t protect the dogs sufficiently, then perhaps it’s time to create an independent Animal Welfare Task Force.

Thank you in advance of your support, and if you require further information please contact C.A.R.I.A.D. at http://www.cariadcampaign.co.uk.

Yours sincerely,

*******

We have also provided the sample email in Word document format below.

Sample Email Word Document: MP Sample Email

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Below are a variety of links that you may wish to include in your email.

https://www.change.org/p/ceredigion-council-help-me-free-breeding-dogs-from-convicted-illegal-puppy-farmer-richard-jones

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/09/30/stoptober-stop-failing-the-dogs-stop-failing-the-public/

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/04/16/proof-a-third-party-banillegal-activity-is-highly-enforceable/

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/02/01/failed-by-richard-jones-and-a-system-licensed-to-kill/

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/02/03/kevin-knox-isnt-entirely-to-blame-for-selling-sick-puppies/

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/dogs-suffering-welsh-puppy-farms-12312362

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/puppy-farms-operating-behind-firmly-7214135

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/09/25/a-message-from-c-a-r-i-a-d-to-those-brave-enough-to-speak-out/

https://cariadcampaign.blog/leafletsandposters/

#UnitedAgainstPuppyFarming

 

The Great British Ex-Breeding Dog Survey Flyer

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/greatbritishexbreedingdogsurvey

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