Transportation and Sale of Puppies
The Puppy Bill, Scotland
Thousands of puppies are coming to Scotland every year to be sold on by puppy dealers.
Selling puppies can be a very profitable business, and pure bred pups can be sold for as much as £500 each. Unfortunately, because the dealers are usually in it to make money, it can very often mean that the puppies suffer from serious welfare problems.
There are two issues involved in the trade of puppies: puppy farms and the puppy dealers.
What is a Puppy Farm?
What is Puppy Dealing?
An example of puppy dealing
In a recent case, the police charged a man for cruelty under the Protection of Animals (Scotland) Act 1912 for bringing 49 puppies and 3 kittens into Scotland on the ferry from Ireland. The little puppies and kittens were all crammed into cages and cat carriers and packed tightly into a small car. They were tired, hungry and thirsty, and the cages they were in were all extremely dirty because the animals had been travelling for so long without a break.
Fortunately, the Scottish SPCA was able to care for these puppies and they have all found loving homes.
The Society estimates that the puppy trade in Scotland is worth hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to the dealers.
Proposed new legislation to protect
The Bill will try to ensure that:
Libby Anderson, Scottish SPCA Parliamentary Officer, said: "We are very grateful to Christine Grahame for taking this issue to the Scottish Parliament. The Bill will provide much-needed protection for many of the puppies being traded in Scotland."
Advice when buying a puppy
For more information, visit the Scottish SPCA website: www.scottishspca.org/campaign
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