It still astounds me in this day and age that puppy farms and mills are rife, even on our own doorstep here in the UK. Just last week, a national newspaper published a story warning that over 1000 puppies are being trafficked into the UK from Ireland on a weekly basis, and charities such as RSPCA, ISPCA and The Dogs Trust are taking hundreds of these puppies in once raids take place and the innocent dogs need homes.
The breeding of puppies in these farms is solely down to supply and demand and is a way for shoddy human being to make what they feel is a ‘living’! Some puppies such as Pomeranian’s and Bichon Frise can fetch up to £1000 per sale, and to ensure that their cut is as hefty as possible, the breeders keep the puppies in the most in-humane environments imaginable. These puppies often arrive at their destination with mange, fleas and severe malnutrition and in my opinion, those who by from the breeders, puppy farms or 3rd party suppliers are just as guilty of animal cruelty themselves.
Don’t get me wrong, I know what it is like to go shopping for a new puppy and when you arrive at the breeders home you get that awful feeling that something is wrong and your first instinct is to get the poor little dog out of there. But this is just adding to the problem because these suppliers will simply buy more dogs from puppy farms to replace those you have bought…and chances are your gorgeous adorable puppy is going to have some worrying and costly physical and psychological health issues for you to deal with.
The only way to bring this inhumanity out into the open and to stop it once and for all is for everyone to do their homework when looking for a new, four-legged addition to the family. Only buy from reputable, licensed breeders and suppliers and ensure you check all paperwork thoroughly and for authenticity. Although puppy farms and their breeders are no illegal, there are strict laws both in the UK and Ireland on how the puppies have to be kept and treated and anything less than 100% should not be acceptable.
If we all say no, there will be no more supply and demand which equals no more puppy farms……….it is a growing problem across the world and specifically in the UK and USA and only by standing together as one and using our dog loving voices can we put a stop to this once and for all.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of dogs looking for a good home and whilst they may not all be puppies, they give so much love and kindness that you will wonder how you ever lived without them once you bring them home.