THE ROAD TO HELL
Thousands and thousands of
tiny puppies, some less than 4 weeks old, travel our roads every day of the
Although the Breeding and Sale
Welfare Act states that puppies should be
8 weeks old, and wearing a collar stating their date of birth - before
they can be sold. We at HOPE-UK do not think this is a safe
enough method to be able to guarantee that this is what actually happens. The
whole system is so weak and inadequately monitored that puppies will still
be sold at 4 weeks of age. The Act has failed to
this trade on all counts. These small puppies may travel hundreds of
miles. They leave their place of birth and are bundled into crates, cages,
baskets - whatever - to begin their long and stressful journey . The only
stops they make are to pick up even more puppies on route before reaching
their final destination. The place of
Some puppies will have died on route, others will die within the first few days of arrival. This is the sad and accepted wastage of the 'puppy farm trade'. There are no exact figures of the number of puppies that die, but then again there are no exact figures of the puppies that are bred. This is how secretive the puppy trade is. Even though ALL puppy farmers should be licensed under the new legislation and their premises and figures open to viewing. We at HOPE-UK know that this is not what happens and that the 'trade' still flourishes.
The map below is to try and give you some idea of the hundreds of miles these puppies have to endure. Their place of birth may have been South Wales - their place of sale a pet shop in London - or even Scotland. Many puppies are born in Southern Ireland and get flown to the UK to be sold . In fact they will be supplied to wherever there is a market for them - and to whoever is willing to buy them! This is only the tip of the iceberg there is a huge export market and even more puppies are sold to the overseas trade. China, Japan, Taiwan - the list is endless. Life out there for any animal is not good. There are some good owners, but they are in the minority. The overseas trade is a subject we will cover in future articles.
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