The Campaign To Expose And End Puppy Farming

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Created August 2007

We campaign peacefully against puppy battery farming and the sale of pups through third parties. We investigate and expose the cruelty involved in commercial dog breeding and our undercover investigations and other evidence is often used by the media, bringing these issues to public attention. Its heartbreaking work for us but we know we have made a huge difference by exposing the cruelty which was, untill our group was formed, mostly hidden behind closed doors. We are just a small team of volunteers, we could not do what we do without you and your support, thank you.

Every day in the UK a dog is killed every hour in council run pounds. We,the tax payer, are paying local government to kill healthy dogs, dogs who just need a home. Meanwhile, local councils are issuing more and more licenses to puppy factory farmers to breed more and more dogs, its lunacy. Councils are failing to properly inspect these puppy factories or enforce their license conditions and the animal welfare act. Our investigations show dogs suffering with hunger and thirst, living in filthy overcrowded conditions and some dogs needing urgent veterinary help. Local authorities are also issuing more and more pet shop licenses which allow traders to buy in and resell farmed pups.

List of puppy breeders/dealers to avoid see here

Read more about our investigations as we assist BBC Scotland in the making of BAFTA Award winning Dog Factory, BBC's Watchdog and ITV's Tonight progamme. We help Channel Five/ Sky news, to uncover puppy farms that supply Dogs4us the UK's largest pet shop. We also assist, ITV Wales and BBC Wales. Most of the films used in these TV reports were obtained by Puppy Love Campaigns. We allow TV companies to use our footage free of charge to raise awareness. Puppy Love Campaigns have no vested interest and are totally independent. We rely on donations and fund raising to continue our work.

Puppy Farming

Puppy farms are large-scale breeding premises. The aim of puppy farms is to make money, no matter the cost to the dogs, who are kept in cramped and cruel conditions. The puppies are sold through pet shops, internet and newspaper ads. Puppy farms in the UK have been found to have as many as 200 breeding dogs, most kept locked inside 24 hours a day, often in complete darkness. They are usually located on farms in barns, disused chicken houses garages or any disused outbuilding. The dogs are forced to eat, sleep and give birth in the same area they urinate and defecate; something they would never do given the choice. In some cases they are treated worse than animals bred for the food chain. The general public keep up the demand for pups and so the cruelty continues, day after miserable day.

Dogs on puppy farms are often neglected; matted coats, infected eyes and ears and rotten teeth are just a few of the painful conditions the dog suffer. When breeding dogs become too old and exhausted to continue producing puppies they are killed or a lucky few are given to rescues. The puppies also often have behavioral and psychological problems, such as aggression and fearfulness, because they are not exposed to the outside world.

The Kennel Club See the part they play in puppy farming

Read personal, heartbreaking stories from people who have bought pups from disreputable sources.

Ireland & Wales: the puppy farming capitals

Puppy farms are most common in Wales and Ireland, England and Scotland have them too but to a lesser degree; the puppies they produce are sold in pet shops all over the UK and through newspaper ads and the internet. It is estimated that 50,000 trafficked puppies are believed to be imported from Ireland each year, most destined for pet shops in Southern England. The counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire in Wales are estimated to produce 28,000 puppies a year, pups destined for the pet trade in England.

We hold demonstrations outside pet shops that sell puppy farm dogs as part of our work to raise public awareness and to try and convince pet shops to stop fuelling this cruel trade.

Puppy farms are not illegal

Puppy farms in England, Wales and Scotland are licensed by their local council and are not illegal. The premises are inspected by the council who issue the license every year. The inspections focus on the premises and little attention is paid to the health and well being of the dogs. It is the responsibility of the licensing council to ensure dog breeding facilities in their area meet high welfare standards and in many instances they fail to do this; particularly in Wales. RSPCA are given our film and reports.

We focus much of our efforts on lobbying the Welsh Assembly and local authorities where there are most puppy farms, such as Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion