THE BILL THAT DID NOT ADD UP TO MUCH!
We are constantly being told by local councils up and down the country that they can no longer keep pace with the ever-growing number of strays in our towns and cities. The cost of providing a dog warden service is ever on the increase.
If you visit a dog pound these days you might be surprised just how many pure bred dogs there are to be found there, along with first generation crosses as well as puppies.
Many pure bred dogs are there because their owner bought them on impulse and did not go into any detail or thought about what that particular breed required.
Some of these dogs are purchased from the high street - the pet shop outlets. The philosophy is that you walk in off the street and walk out with your new pet. Every breed is or has been on sale in these places. There is also the promise that if they have not got what you want they will acquire it for you.
All the animals sold from these outlets come from Puppy Farms. The shop will tell you, "We don't buy from Puppy Farms. All our dogs are bred exclusively for us!" Yes, they are. It's called a Puppy Farm!
In May '99 the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Bill had its final reading. It then had to go to the House of Lords for their say on how each of the clauses will be met and carried out by local authorities. (this has since become an Act and puppy farming is getting more wide spread - not less) comment added 2004
It could have, and should have, wiped out Puppy Farming full stop. Instead it has delivered pathetic measures that any puppy farmer with half a brain will find ways around (and is finding ways round 2004). Puppy farming is bigger then ever and more and more animals are suffering.
It is the Local Authorities who are left to 'police and monitor' the pet shops selling animals. The new Bill will give them the power to check where the puppies were bred, that the puppy is no less than eight weeks old when its arrives at the shop and that all puppies are wearing an identification collar and tag relating to when and where they were born. The puppies must also have been seen and given a clean bill of health by a Vet.
When the pet shop license comes up for renewal then a detailed inspection can be called for before granting the license - again by a veterinary surgeon or practitioner.
also regulations regarding the breeding bitches:-
Breeding establishments also come under regulations. No unlicensed breeder will be able to supply puppies to the pet shop trade. Puppy Farms, which are licensed at present, are living 'hell holes'. Being licensed makes no difference to the poor dogs who have to endure this way of life. The Bill states that accurate records be kept and breeding establishments are open for inspection at all times. There are various other bits and pieces relating to time limits etc - but as to the WELFARE of the dogs that is it.
The Bill points out that should anyone not adhere to these regulations then there will be prosecutions. Just who enforces it and how much this is all going to cost and where the money is going to come from is nonsense.
Naturally there will not be any extra resources. Local councils will have to do their best with what little money and manpower they already have.
What about the Government? Where do they stand on the issue of Puppy Farming. They make money. Lots of it. For every puppy sold costing £300.00 the Government gets the standard rate of VAT so 17.5% of £300.00 = £50.00 to the chancellor. Not to mention the income tax on the profits. Multiply that by the thousands of puppies sold every year and the penny begins to drop. The Government is profiting from the sale of these sad bred - for the' trade' puppies'
There are no exact figures on how many puppies are sold or bred for that matter. All we do know is that for every puppy sold another takes its place and will continue to do so.
Perhaps that would account for the shallow, dithering reason behind their pathetic attempts at ending Puppy Farming. They promised so much but delivered NOTHING.
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