Today, the House of Commons will enter into a Parliamentary debate on the issue of young dogs and cats being available to buy in pet shops. This debate follows on from last year’s e-petition by Pup Aid, which reached over 100,000 signatures.
Many UK animal organisations welcome the debate, with the Blue Cross stating that, “Many pets sold in pets shops are irresponsibly bred and taken away from their mothers too young. As a result they often suffer from serious life-threatening problems.”
Puppy breeding farms are horrendous places for dogs and pups. Kept in dark environments, dogs receive very little socialisation and can often be riddled with diseases, many of which are the result of careless inbreeding. Puppies are then sold off to pet shops and bought by unsuspecting families, only to die shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile, thousands of dogs and cats are put to death every year due to overcrowding in animal shelters. Many of these abandoned animals are perfectly healthy, sociable, loving creatures who have simply had no chance for a happy life. A stark contrast to mass farmed pet shop animals, most of whom have been badly bred and received no social skills or experience. If more people took the time to research where their new pet has come from, many would probably rather have an animal from a shelter. However the trend for purchasing pets continues, with many people assuming as they are from a ‘reputable’ pet shop, appropriate animal welfare standards have been adhered to.
This debate is the first step on the road to outlawing puppy and kitten farming, and forcing pet shops to be held more accountable for where they source their ‘products’. To follow today’s debate as it happens, visit:
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