The Campaign To Expose And End Puppy Farming
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
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
List of puppy breeders/dealers to avoid
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 fundraising to continue our work.
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
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
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
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