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This article touches on the issue of puppy factories (also known as puppy mills and puppy farms): what they are, the legalities, what can be done, how to tell if you're dealing with a puppy factory breeder or puppy, and how you - the consumer - can help. For additional content see DWN's Resources page under the 4th IDHW Theme #2: Supply and Demand
Harmonised welfare legislation is needed... Author: Dr Jennifer Maher, University of South Wales writes... "Dogs are the most popular companion animal in the UK; for many they offer companionship and support and a special emotional bond. For others, however, dogs are a lucrative source of income. Evidence from key national and international animal welfare non-government organisations [NGO] (PDSA 2016; Dogs Trust 2014, 2015; Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [RSPCA] 2016a, b; International Fund for Animal Welfare [IFAW] 2012; Four Paws International 2013) supports stakeholder (such as the British Veterinarians Association [BVA] 2014) concerns that illegal and irresponsible puppy breeding and trade is escalating. Central to these concerns are the large-scale industrial and international commercial breeders now characteristic of the breeding industry: effectively a sea-change in UK puppy trade. Since the introduction of PETS (2012), which relaxed the requirements for importing companion animals to the UK, the commercial and non-commercial movement and trade of companion animals from Europe has increased significantly (Dogs Trust 2014). Simultaneously, stakeholders have identified UK-bred puppies coming from large-scale legal and illegal breeding establishments." http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/1736/347312 Consumer Education... The Kennel Club -- Puppy Awareness Week 1-7 September 2018