Make A Difference
Organisations have been campaigning against puppy farming, or what we now more accurately refer to as the battery farming of dogs, for 25 years. And yet today, there are more large-scale commercial battery farms than ever. So you can see why there is still so much work for us to do in terms of education and awareness, as well as lobbying Local Authorities, the Welsh Government and No. 10.
SPREAD THE WORD: This is the easiest ‘ask’ of all. Simply download any of our posters or leaflets and help us to get the word out. Tell people you work with. Your neighbours. Your friends. Whether they live in Wales, England, Scotland or Ireland. Join us on Facebook. Ask your local vets to display our Spot On Guide To Getting A Dog. Puppy farming is everywhere, so please do put our posters up wherever you have permission. Please also consider distributing our puppy farming leaflet and our Spot On Guide To Getting A Dog.
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL MP: Your local MP is your voice in the Houses of Parliament (click here). Please write to your local MP asking them to raise the issue of puppy farming in Parliament. Your local MP is your voice in the community. Ask them to challenge the local council on their enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Your local MP represents YOU. Ask them what their views are on puppy farming and animal welfare. Please provide us with a copy of the reply you receive from your local MP.
WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCIL: Your Local Council is a public body and its employees are public servants. Please write to the CEO of your Local Council asking them to provide evidence they are enforcing the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Ask your Local Council to list all licensed breeders on their website. Ask your Local Council to explain their procedures in respect to licensing dog breeding premises and approving planning permission for these premises. Tell your Local Council that you do not want puppy farming in your County and ask them to provide evidence they are cracking down on this unacceptable trade.
WRITE TO DEFRA: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the UK’s government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. DEFRA’s priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health. Write to DEFRA asking them how they intend to control the influx of puppies trafficked into the UK from overseas, particularly from countries in Eastern Europe. Write to DEFRA asking them why they deem the sale of puppies in pet shops acceptable, when their own advice states that buyers should see puppies with their mother, something that is not possible in pet shops. Ask them when they intend implementing a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops. Write to DEFRA demanding they write the Animal Welfare Act 2006 into Dog Breeding Licensing. Ask them when Companion Animals will be afforded the same level of care, legislation and welfare as Farm Animals.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
17 Smith Square
WRITE TO THE WELSH GOVERNMENT: The Welsh Government is responsible for legislating against animal abuse and poor animal welfare.
WRITE TO YOUR ASSEMBLY MEMBER: The National Assembly for Wales is the democratically elected body that represents the interests of Wales and its people, makes laws for Wales, and holds the Welsh Government to account. Assembly Members carry out the Assembly’s democratic work; they represent the interests of Wales and its people, make laws for Wales and hold the Welsh Government to account. Your Assembly Member is the voice inside the National Assembly. Please write to your local Assembly Member asking them to hold the Welsh Government to account on puppy farming and animal welfare (click here).
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK: Facebook is a great way for us to spread our message about puppy farming and share our work and campaigns. Please LIKE our page and ask your friends, family and work colleagues to do the same (click here).
REPORT A BREEDER: If you have bought a sick puppy or had a problem with a breeder, please visit our Complaints Procedure page. Many puppy farmers and unscrupulous breeders go undetected and unpunished because the public either don’t report them, or don’t know how to report them. Please remember to send a copy of your completed form to us, so we can monitor and keep track of problem breeders.