Back in September the Kennel Club organised the National Puppy Awareness Week (PAW), seeking to raise awareness and promote the responsible breeding and trading of puppies here in the UK. Finding the right puppy can be a difficult task and locating a suitable breeder can be something of a lottery.
The Kennel Club’s bid to raise awareness and address the issues that arise as a result of puppy farms and also the inappropriate importing of puppies is admirable and a responsible step in the right direction. However, it is important that we appreciate that these issues need our full-time attention and appropriate action if we are to make changes.
This week BBC News Manchester ran the following story, “Pedigree dog cruelty: Bury breeders banned for 10 years.” The article went on to explain how profit was the primary consideration over welfare.
Last April the Manchester Evening News exposed an illegal farm selling 400 puppies a year. The reality is that where there is a market there is a problem. Animal cruelty exists, dogs are being bred in horrendous conditions with disturbing consequences, financial gain often being the motivation.
In 2012 I wrote an article about the problems that may arise from buying a puppy without seeing the birth mother. I have attached the article for reference and download.