MPs have held an important debate in Parliament on the worrying issue of the breeding, dealing and trading in puppies and dogs.
The way people buy and sell animals has changed considerably since the legislation that regulates this was introduced and many animal charities have serious concerns about impulsive buying.
Irresponsible dog breeding and international trading in puppies can cause many welfare problems. This includes poor health and welfare for puppies and their parents at irresponsible breeding establishments. There is now also the emerging problem of many puppies being illegally imported to meet the public demand for ‘cheap’ puppies.
With the advent of online selling the internet has become a major medium through which breeders, dealers and traders advertise and sell puppies. However, legislation passed by the UK Government has not kept apace with the new and different selling methods. Additionally clear information is needed for consumers so they are more aware of the potential pit-falls when they look to buy a pet.
There is no simple solution, but it is important that a holistic approach is taken and practical solutions are carefully thought through to ensure people and animals are protected.
Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly attended today’s debate in the House of Commons. Speaking afterwards he said, “People are unknowingly buying puppies and dogs without being aware how they have been bred or reared and the consequences can be tragic for both the animals and people.
“We claim to be a nation of animal lovers and yet man’s best friend is being treated as a simple commodity with no consideration for their health and welfare. This is simply unacceptable.
“While there is no easy solution, the route causes of this problem must be addressed and I support calls for new and improved legislation and enforcement action. I urge the UK Government at Westminster to look at taking this forward and I will continue to press them on this matter.”