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Are People Who Buy From Puppy Farms as Much to Blame as The Puppy Farmers?

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As dog lovers, we must all, surely, feel a massive twang of pity and regret when we think of those puppies who have been bred for profit by breeders who are interested only in how to produce maximum volume of ‘stock’ with scant regard for the welfare, health or temperament of the animals they churn out month by month, year by year.

Puppy farms (or, as they are known outside of the UK – puppy mills) are alive kicking.

But how? Buy why?

Let’s see if we can find out…

I believe the media has been very generous to the people who, it could easily be argued, are REALLY responsible for the growth in puppy farms.

Puppy farmers aren’t the ONLY ones to blame for misery

The people I speak of are those who willingly dig in to their pockets and get their wallets out, to hand over cash to the cynical puppies- for-profits breeders – aka puppy farmers – who couldn’t care less about the fundamental principles of breeding good, healthy, well balanced dogs.

The puppy farmer only exists because people keep giving them money.

In all the coverage given to the puppy farming debate, have we missed the most obvious of points? That if people simply stopped fuelling this trade, we might actually get somewhere?

Don’t get me wrong, I have a huge moral and ethical objection to the people who trade in the suffering and misery of mass produced dogs. We can’t legitimately call ourselves a nation of animal lovers whilst we allow this to happen.

But, the fact is, these puppy farms would be a thing of the past if:

1) People refused to buy puppies from pet stores (and yes, I include the celebrities who buy from famous department stores in that – no GOOD breeder will EVER allow their stock to be ‘retailed’ in a pet store.)

2) People educated themselves on how to acquire a new dog, responsibly, rather than rushing out to buy a puppy from the first litter they see advertised in the free classified ads newspapers or websites.

Seriously, if those two things happened – the puppy farmer is left with no business. No trade. No customers. No money. No motivation to keep producing puppies.

Let’s think about it for a second; if people didn’t purchase from puppy farms and from pet shops, there’d be none.

So why do people do it?

Some of them are misguided, misinformed. OK, I accept that. But even so, in this year, in this day in age with ALL of the wealth of information that exists about how to obtain a dog responsibly, is it REALLY a valid excuse any more? I mean, really?

And for everyone who accidentally, unintentionally winds up putting money in to the pocket of puppy farmers, there’s certainly more folk who do it and who couldn’t really care less either way.

Whilst it is an ongoing disgrace that puppy farms are allowed to thrive and prosper in a country where laws, legislation and enforcement of such establishments have never really been properly crafted to a point where they have been forced out of business, whilst the demand exists – the puppy farmer will thrive.

If puppy farming is to be defeated, the first point of action needs to be in changing the attitude and behaviour of the people who are putting their money in to keep the puppy farms in business – that’s puppy buyers!

Look at this way; if there was ZERO demand for cocaine, would the governments of the world even need to make laws and spend BILLIONS on trying to combat traffickers around the globe? Of course not!

Zero demand for a product or service means the supplier is automatically redundant. They become extinct. It’s the laws of economics, supply and demand.

And let’s establish one thing, for the record, puppies are NOTHING like cocaine. So our failure to combat puppy farmers is interlinked, exclusively, with our failure to convince enough people of the right and wrong ways to acquire a dog ethically and responsibly. There is no chemical ‘high’ to be gained by buying a puppy from a puppy farmer.

How can we change this? How do we push for a culture change?

It’s going to be hard and I feel it’s going to take something big. But I am 100% convinced that even if we were to bring in laws that would legislate against puppy farms, if there is still a 10 or 20% demand from the same sort of people who acquiring their dogs from puppy farmers today, the laws themselves won’t be enough.

The media who carry adverts for puppy farmers, they are guilty as sin.

There are some big name, very profitable media businesses out there profiting from the misery of dogs. Whether they knowingly take adverts from puppy farmers or not, whether the fact that puppy farming in and of itself is NOT illegal (a disgrace in itself), surely there has to be an ethical, honest way to deny puppy farmers the oxygen of publicity? If people and businesses aren’t prepared to step up, how do we ever expect the public to understand that

  1. Just because a litter of puppies is advertised in a ‘legitimate’ publication, it doesn’t mean the puppy has been bred responsibly
  2. Just because a litter of puppies is for sale in a pet shop with a licence, it doesn’t mean the puppy has been bred responsibly
  3. Just because a litter of puppies has been bred by a ‘licenced breeder’ it doesn’t mean the puppy has been bred responsibly

If we really want to tackle the blight of puppy farming, puppies produced in dank, squalid conditions with profit as the only motive, then we – all of us honest, caring dog owners – need to speak up, speak out and repeat the following mantra:

“If you buy from a puppy farm, you’re as guilty as the puppy farmer. If you don’t have the knowledge to avoid a puppy farmed dog, then you’re not yet ready to own a dog.”

What more do we need to do to, once and for all, put an end to the misery of puppies bred for profits?

Have your say below!

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  2. What do you have to say?
    I do agree that people should not be buying from puppy farm.
    I do know that some misled people think that if a puppy is from a licenced breeder then that is OK. There needs to be a lot more publicity about puppy farms and educating the public that buying a puppy from one of these places will cost more money and heartbreak in the long run. I hate tosay it but there are of ignorant poeple out there and not every one is as intelligent as the writer of this article and the facts need to be spelled out in plain black and white and publicised in more obvious areas.

  3. These breeders would also not have a market if the Kennel Club did not promote certain breeds as special
    ie best of breed, best of show.
    these events generate interest in that breed from buyers and breeders just fill the gap in the market. supply and demand.

    Let us stop all dog shows unless they are open to all breeds, cross breeds, mongrels etc. give real dogs a chance not just the inbred ones.

  4. yes i have to say we would be to blame encouraging this, but till now i had not given it any thought. peoples first thought is just to buy a Puppy, but yes this must be stopped.

  5. If the RSPCA had more powers to close these down and publish the atrocities it would help. I agree with everything printed and as long as people purchase pets from these horrendous places ,even in sympathy for the animal they will flourish.
    I would never purchase a pet from these establishments as they usually are ill and weak and have many problems, been incorrectly fed or weaned to soon and many die after purchase and no recompense. with all the publicity given people should be aware of these places yet they still manage to profit.
    A rescued dog or if a specific breed is desired, surely it is safer and better to see the home environment and parents and get advice from the breeder if needed! Let us stamp out these puppy farms and save a lot of suffering and heartache for the pets and buyers too.

  6. Hear, hear!
    About time some one came out with this. I belong to a breed club and it has been doing its bit to try to educate people and move them away from using puppy farmers (too nice a phrase for them).

    Unfortunately, this will only catch those looking for certain breeds on the internet, it won’t help any casual browsers of the newspapers or unethical media mentioned above.

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  7. I am in complete agreeement. The places that are happy to sell these puppies, then the people who don’t research into where they are buying their pup from are partly responsible.

    I occasionally visit places that sell these pups, normally just to try and prevent anyone from buying them, and although I feel sorry for the dogs on display i would NEVER purchase one. It only adds to the puppy farmers pockets and allows him to produce yet more puppies.

    people should stop and think what they are doing before making a rash purchase….the biggest problem with todays society is’… I want it NOW.’

  8. I, too agree with what was said.
    It is bad on the mother dog to have so many puppies, that would be like a woman having a baby every nine month. It weakens the mother, until she can do for the others what she should do.

  9. I would never buy a puppy from someone I dont trust, and it might sound awful, but I would not buy for pity. I am a breeder myself and I dont sell my puppies to just anyone who brings the cash. My puppies are registered, dewormed, checked by vet and microchipped. With every puppy comes along a certificate of these actions.

    My future puppy owners can come to my home and visit the litter before they make the decision whether they buy from me or not.


  10. Anyone who buys from a pet shop or a breeder are contributing to the deaths of others dogs in shelters. You should ALWAYS adopt from a rescue centre/shelter and NEVER buy.

  11. I agree with the majority of the article however things are not that simple. Do not get me wrong, these farms and anything or anyone that has involvment should be kept in the same conditions. I spent 6 months finding what I considered the best place to get my dog, he is a lab, I travelled over 100 miles even though there were numerous available via the local papers. When I arrived at the address it was a huge place and the pups seemed happy as were the parents, the point I am trying to make is how can I be 100% sure that this was not a farm? I was not allowed to look around!! The fact is, I am happy in the knowledge that my dog is safe, well looked after and totally adored by all the family.

    I was of the impression that it was against the law to be cruel to animals, if so why is nothing being done? Anyone with a brain would agree that keeping puppies in these places is cruel and has to stop.

    The sad fact is, if there is money to be made these people will make it. This includes the media for allowing the adverts, the people buying as all they see is possibly a cheaper deal and of course the government.

    I just hope I am not actually one of thoe folk that has bought from one of these places. I certainly did not get a cheap deal.

  12. These farms are run to make a profit – pure and simple. It’s a business for the owners, so they will cut back on their costs to enable them to make as much profit as possible. It is not about the dogs – they are just a commodity.
    True dog lovers – like many of their customers, I’m guessing – will always put the welfare and needs of the dog first above everything else.
    I think there should be much more control over all types of breeders, we’re all aware that there are some unscrupulous private breeders who also put profit before the needs of the dogs. It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel, but as long as they’re allowed to get away with it, they’ll continue their behaviour. Maybe legislation should be introduced to ensure that ALL breeders are monitored and measured against guidelines which have been set up in the best interest of the dog? I’d prefer if it we could sentence these breeders to live in the conditions they subject these poor dogs to, but I guess that’s never gonna happen.

  13. It’s not just the puppies that suffer either. My sister rescued a bitch from a puppy farm in Wales. She had been deemed as past the point of being a decent puppy bearer at the age of three!. She was completely malnourished, and had problems with her womb and teats, and she had had no proper physical contact, did not bark, or respond to touch, but shrank back. She was exhausted both physically and mentally, and had been made to have a litter every season.
    My sister spent so much time with her she eventually grew more confident and followed my sister around everywhere, but never mastered the stairs, and was always carried up and down them, About a year after they had her, she was with my dog, I cannot say playing because she just did not know how to, but she suddenly barked at my dog. We all just cried, as it was she had finally woken up. She continued to make little barking noises and ended up running up and down the garden with him. It was magical. My sister kept her until she became ill and developed tumours in her womb, the vet thought it was because she had not been looked after properly when she was continually bearing puppies. She died in my sisters arms, and will never be forgotten.

  14. About 30 years ago I got my first (personal) puppy from the newspaper, he was delivered to me from Wales, a Border Collie, she lived a long happy health life, I was lucky, I don’t think she came from a puppy farm, probably working lines. Other dogs after that were rescue dogs then 12 years ago after a break of 10 years I got another Border Collie again out of the newspaper. I was horrified at what I saw and how I was spoken to when asking questions about the litter and parents (who weren’t there) I should have walked away but bought a puppy out of pity, I’m grateful I did as I learned so much about puppy farmers, Chester died aged 13 months from epilepsy and had hip dysplacia from the age of 5 months. From then I have campaigned and brought to light I hope to many pet owners the horrors of puppy farms. I now have 6 dogs and in all the years of owning dogs have only bred two litters, parents and progeny are tested for inherited diseases etc, puppy owners vetted and pups registrations endorsed I am there for the lifetime of the puppy and their owners with friendship and advice. I wish there was a way puppy farms could be abolished. To read Chester’s story and the horrors of puppy farms see my website

  15. What do you have to say? In total agreement with putting an end to this dispicable practice for making money. I have seen the end results of overbred bitches who end up in rescue centres in a terrible condition and countless unwanted pups who are dumped when homes cannot be found. Puppy farming is a money making racket and its about time legal action should be implemented to stop the unscrupulous and immoral from carrying on with this type of business. I feel more advertising should be done to highlight the negative side to puppy farming and to inform people more about the inhumane way puppies are being raised on these farms. People should be educated about animal welfare and encouraged to visit rescue shelters when considering a dog/puppy. There are rehoming centres throughout UK and Ireland with fabulous animals for adoption, and chances are that you will know as much, maybe more about the background of your puppy from these organisations than you would from any unscrupulous breeder.

  16. As a group who has been demonstrating outside of a pet shop every Saturday (rain or shine) for close to four years we believe the problem is multi-faceted. There’s no doubt that by raising awareness in the community about where pet shop puppies comes from there has some impact however it doesn’t help that the pet shops actually tell consumers that “their puppies come from ‘licensed’ breeders and NOT puppy mills.” As we all know, a license does not a reputable breeder make.

    Likewise and living in close proximity to Lancaster, Pennsylvania (known as the puppy mill capital of the east in the US) many of the commercial breeders don’t tell consumers the truth about where their puppy comes from nor allows them to see where the breeder dogs are actually living.

    Between a breeding industry that’s cloaked in secrecy and consumers who DO NOT consider companion animal ownership to be a responsibility, a double whammy is created and ultimately allows dogs to be treated as inanimate and disposable objects. Without a doubt, the breeding industry relies on these behaviors in an endeavor to continue operating their highly profitable businesses.

    Those with a conscience know to rescue or adopt but our shelters still remain overflowing with dogs who will be euthanized due to the lack of a home.

    Until such time that companion animals are raised to a protected level that’s entitles them to better care and security than that of a lawnmower or curling iron, abuses will continue. In Pennsylvania, animal abusers are given a slap on the wrist and there is little to no ramification for cruelty, neglect or abuse.

    Collectively, and at least in the US, lawmakers and the advocacy community must work toward better protecting “man’s best friend” via way of laws that are actually enforced and carry penalties that can not be ignored.

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  17. Totally agree. The problem is nowadays everyone wants it now and the internet is a quick way of getting a puppy. I foster dogs for a rescue and we have a lot of puppy farmed dogs come in and its pitiful. There is enough stuff out there now, people should be aware of puppy farming and be more careful but they dont bother. If they close down puppy farms more will open. A lot of the time neighbours of puppyfarmers dont even know they are there so its easy for them to continue. People need to take their time and wait for a pup. Maybe we wouldnt have so many thrown out for weeing and chewing after a couple of months if people thought about what they were doing.

  18. I agree that puppy farming is monstrous and everything possible should be done to stop it – and that includes encouraging people to buy responsibly. I imagine there is a lot of ignorance though. I am constantly amazed at how little care, SOME people take over buying and looking after their dog and how little understanding they have of dogs altogether. I love dogs and am very aware of people living near me who don’t bother to exercise their dogs or only do on fine days. I think we could with some TV documentaries to raise these issues. The number of dogs being dumped at the present time because of the credit crunch is also a great concern.

  19. I agree with almost all that is written already–Now I would love some ideas on good ways to educate the public about resposible ways to get a new puppy/dog?? We can all sit here and sy “YES, we need to end puppy mills” Now please give me some ideas on HOW to do it!

  20. I agree with the above, but I don’t think these types of places will ever disappear….as with the above example of the drug trade, as long as there is paper to be made people will use these things to get it.

    So I think what we need to look at is a way to make these types of places less profitable…

    They should never be allowed to advertise on any form of media, for example in the paper, Craig list, websites. but to stop this fines would need to be introduced to the people / Companies who allow these types of places to advertise this type of product.

    There should be standards that are in place for people who want to bread dogs….I don’t know if there is already, but these should be enforced and people/ companies that do not comply should be fined and made to improve their standards or face closure

    Also you never hear or see any -ve press about puppy’ farms. I have never seen anything on the news about them nor have I came across any publications in any nation wide paper. Education is the key here…majority of people who are looking to get a dog are dog lovers and would rather buy or get their puppy from a place that has invested time and money to make sure it has the best chance in life. So if people are aware of how bad these types of places are then they would be inclined to look else were

  21. Agree with Ryan that anyone buying from a puppy mill is just as bad as the celeb who starts a designer special accessorie pet. Furthermore the companies responsible for promoting tea cup sized dogs which will be next years bored toy are also to blame. When I had my first dog I bought a book on the breed and how to care for a puppy even though we had had a family dog my parents took care of. This led to Animal Behaviour and my future in Nursing etc.Unless we educate our children or ourselves,stop backyard breeding,and Crufts shows which are full of obnoxious precotious people whoses dogs are not always that well behaved, then life will still be bad for these poor puppies who DO SUFFER and who everyong turns a blind eye to when they dig in their pockets!

  22. What do you have to say?
    It is not just the puppy farms that need to be stopped, but also the pet breeders who decide to have a litter from their dogs not knowing what they are doing. They VERY RARELY have any health checks done and consequently members of the public need educating. I suggest going to to a breed club for information on a specific breed if you are interested. That way if there were any rescue dogs available poeple could be prompted to try and take these. The Kennel club is trying to regulate health screening in breeding but it is so much down to the individual. Ignorance play a bit part in those dogs being bred by people who do not know what they are doing. Please do not point the finger at the show fraternity unless you have experience of this. I show 2 dogs and have 2 other rescues. I operate completely voluntarily to 2 different breed rescues and I know that in our breeds only healthy animals are ever bred, the show fraternity in our breed go to great lengths to ensure incorrect breeding doesnt take place or they are named and shamed openly. How many people buy from puppy farms with sick animals and just ignore it, why the hell dont they contact RSPCA or breed clubs and tell them. Make it public, if we all shamed these people continually they wouldnt last long in their trade. Instead of slagging off the Kennel Club lets join forces with a plan to getting the press involved in showing these dreadful people up in public.

  23. i think it is a terribe thing its cruel its just a money makeing sceem i am total agains it and i think people who unknowingly go to these places should report them straight away.
    the people who do these things are worse than animals ,animals have far more respect.
    all my pets are rescued and i will always have rescued animals they are part of my family and they deserve to be treated with love and kindness.

  24. When I was a kid I used to look at the puppies in the pet shops. They always looked so sad. I was only window-shopping as we had cats at home.

    After leaving home I decided it was time for me to get a dog because I lived out in the country by myself. A dear friend of mine lived down the road from me who had dogs and horses. I had asked her about getting a dog of my own. I always looked at the board at the vets office to see if there were ever any puppies available. I did a lot of research. I made a lot of phone calls. If the breeder didn’t answer my questions or hesitated, then that was that.

    The pet store owners need to stop buying puppies. They should never sell them in the first place as it is not fair on the puppies. There are plenty of places to get a puppy or dog if people would just put in the time and effort to find the right people. Local vets can point you in the right direction. There are plenty of welfare rescue centers that have dogs and puppies for adoption. Talk to your friends and see where they got theirs from.

    I used to breed German Shepherds when I lived in the States. I lived on a four acre mini farm. All my dogs were well cared for and loved. I did place ads in the paper. That doesn’t mean that I sold a pup to anyone that came along. I asked a lot of questions and I watched them with the pups. If the bitch was weary of the person, then they went home without a pup. I screened the people. I was always in contact with the AKC especially when I was looking for a stud for my bitches.

    I think seminars in schools would be a great way to educate kids and their parents on how and where to buy puppies from. There are times when local kennel clubs give talks.

    Make running a puppy farm a felony, don’t just slap a fine on them. Send them to jail. These dogs and puppies are suffering a horrific life just because of greed. They need to be shut down.

  25. I agree wholeheartedly, never buy a puppy from a puppy farmer and always insist on seeing the mother with the puppies.

  26. Well, just last Friday when I was a park, I saw a badly neglected and abandoned Shihtzu that had a growth on its head wandering around aimlessly.

    Have taken her to my Fifi’s regular vet and had the growth succesfully removed on Monday but was told by the Doctor that due to long time neglection, the poor dog has vision impairment whereby she does not see clearly.

    This poor dog was most probably from a puppy farm by looking at her badly neglected condition especially her eyes as the Doctor said it would have taken 2 -3 years to reach the current stage that she is in.

    I was hoping to find her a new home instead of sending it RSPCA but it looks like no takers due to her condition despite the Doctor has said that she is a sweet girl with good temparament.

    Since no one is keen on her,, she will be coming home with me this Friday and I will name her Cici.

    Puppy Farm should be stopped – No Demand, No Supply!

  27. I alos brought my dog Storm from a puppy farm but at the time I deidnt know it was a pup farm!!
    I had many problema with my dog which led me to question the one who sold him to me! I also asked around some of my trainers at the dog club I attended which led to lots of people talking and questioning the so called rescue centre!!
    Well the centre got such bad press after that the owner moved and changed the name of ther place but started again!!
    I found out that she had done this before and nothing had been done by the police at all about it!!
    Still now this woman and her puppy farm still carry on selling dogs which are bred in Ireland and shipped here in a transit van full of at least 25 dogs!!
    My dog was very lucky to choose me but others were not so lucky!

  28. I do agree that puppy mills (like it is called here in Canada) are disgusting. If people don’t buy these puppies, the puppy mills will have to close. Here, in Quebec, we fight to make those puppy mills close. I sure hope to see that one day. Those poor little creatures and their mothers live in unbearable conditions. The people who do that should go to prison! Hope one day the people who buy those puppies will understand!

  29. I am in complete agreement with the article, the reason puppy farms keep going is because people are unbelievably still willing to buy them. There is alarge company local to me that sell puppyfarm pups on large scale. I went to have a look and was shocked at how many people were there looking to buy them. None of them seemed concerned at the fact there was no mothers there and didn’t seem to be questioning where the puppies had come from. The fact is they were transported hundreds of miles in a lorry and when they arrived if any don’t look well they are sent back to what is I can guess a gruesome fate. The puppies are saw there were not in the best health which you could see just by looking at them which again nobodythere seemed concerned about and some looked fartoo young to be away from the mother. I justfind it ridiculous that this place can be open when it is obvious where the pups have come from. It also has pictures up of celebrities that have bought puppies from them – setting a good example?! I do think it should be illegal and more should be done to prevent it in this dayand age.

  30. Solving the puppy farm problem sounds as likely as solving societies drug problem. We need to modify behavior and thinking not pass more laws we can’t enforce.

    It is also very naive to suggest that responsible breeders are not making money by selling puppies. Some responsible breeders want way too much for puppies.

  31. I think the government should have more control over these places, regular checks etc and a set standard like they do with restaraunts, if not up to standard they should close them down.. It should not be so easy to just go and buy a pup. People should also consider rescuing a dog as centres are overflowing. I personally think all these places should be closed.

  32. I totally agree! Wake up World to this disgusting way of people making money!

    The so called Government should close them down or at least Tax them at an higher rate to make it not worth while being in business!!!

  33. I agree there is no sale without a buyer.Even if you believe your doing a kindness, in the long run your just building up more heartache for others following your example or misery for a huge proportion of these dogs bred by any unscrupulous breeders
    Our laws do not dole out severe enough punishments because lots of law makers see dogs as dispensible.
    However its been proved in many a criminal case that most people with a scant or cruel regard to animals often treat human beings in a similar way.
    Unfortuately there are too many gullible or ill educated people only too willing to buy these dogs.
    In our world the need to have something ,wipes common sense clean out of the window for some people.
    We, the purchasers are the reason it still goes on,and because people dont always think ,it probaly ,sadly always will.

  34. I agree with this article. The people who support puppy mills are just as much to blame as those who run them. I find it difficult to believe that some people today still do not know about the problem, but maybe we still need to work on education.

  35. What do you have to say? I think anyone running a puppy farm should be heavily fined and closed down I found out that in Wales puppy farming started off for extra income when milk production was not profitable anymore. My Cocker Spaniel Misty spent the first 6 years of her life as a breeding bitch kept in terrible conditions with no human or dog company no fresh air and a really bad diet. When we got her she was nearly bald as all her hair had to be shaved off due its matted condition,she has heart problems and teeth taken out due to her bad diet,so her puppies must have some serious problems and seeing as she probably had at least two litters a year probably more there must be a lot of them out there. When she first arrived she would spend all her time just staring into space in the garden as she could believe she was actually outside she didnt know how to be a dog as she had never learnt real dog behaviour ,but 18 months down the line with lots of love and hard work she is a different little dog she loves her walks and playing with her ball and is the most loving little dog ever so please any one thinking of owning a puppy please go to a reputable breeder who looks after their breeding dogs properly in keeping with the profits they make from these dogs

  36. I think you are being unfair to many people who would not knowingly buy from puppy farms and rely on information they get from supposedly reliable sources. I refer here to the Kennel Clubs Accredited Breeder Scheme which counts among its scheme members a number of puppy farmers.

    Who could blame someone looking for their first dog if they went to the KC and sought information then relied on that information in selecting the breeder from whom they would make their purchase?

  37. Until the government passes a bill to legislate both the breeding/selling and the ownership of dogs there will always be the possibility of people operating these places. And yes I think the people who buy from them are just as bad. As is obvious if they had no market they would soon be in decline and out of business.

  38. it is not just commercial breeders that need stopping (and I agree with everything said so far) but there are many ‘small scale’ operations out to breed their bitches purely for profit in appalling conditions (I live round the corner from such a person, she has now, due to RSPCA intervention, had all of her animals taken away). Said ‘breeders’ do not vet potential homes and do not care where their puppies are going as long as it is profitable. All breeding should be licenced – if your dog is having pups it should be registered and monitored and there should be a hefty fine for anyone flouting the rules. If your animals are well cared for then you should have nothing to fear from being checked out should you??

  39. I am totally against puppy farms and dogs bred this way for profit.

    Most of my dogs have been bitches, who were not spayed and when in season never encountered another dog, so in all of my 45 years as a dog owner I have never had a bitch who has had puppies.
    For one thing dogs have large litters and I could never have been able to have been parted from a puppy and there was no way I could have afforded to keep a litter.

    My dogs have come mainly from rescue.
    My latest Poppy, now nine months old was found wandering at just four months-I don’t know any of her background–what she is, where she came from, what her parents were like etc–but she is our baby, and now after her first season will be spayed, as I now recognise the health benefits this brings to a bitch, after suffering the heartache of having bitches who needed this in old age when their wombs deteriorated.

    So to inflict constant breeding on a bitch is just so cruel and unnecessary–all these breeders want is money, and are not animal lovers.

    I urge everyone who wants a dog to find a rescue dog–why keep breefing when so many beautiful and healthy animals are put down daily, because bought on a whim and then not wanted when they grow up and are no longer sweet adrable puppies.

    A dog is for life, and when that life comes to an end we loose not only a pet, but our best friend, companion and member of our closest family.

    No to indescriminitive breeding for profit!

  40. I bought from a breeder and have had about £7,000 worth of vets bills due to bad breeding perhaps. The breeder will not reply to emails despite being so very helpfull in thhe first place. I don’t want any compensation just think they should stop breeding if this is inherent.
    I hope the spelling is ok as I can’t see what I’m typing as the box is so tiny and won’t expand.
    I do not approve of puppy farms and think there should be more powers in place to shut them down.

  41. In my view it is unethical for a kennel club to keep a registry AND run a show – like Crufts for example. We all know where that has led. Kennel Clubs advertising breeders on their websites should be obliged to list only breeders who’ve past annual inspection by the SPCA.
    Breeders should have to display their license, current vaccination certificates and be obliged to allow buyers to inspect the premises and their animals.
    Pet shops should not be allowed to sell animals.
    SPCA, animal shelters and rescue organisations should have programmes to visit schools to educate children on the horrors of puppy milling, including how to spot a puppy farm. This serves the dual purpose of getting to kids when they are impressionable and they will in turn educate Mum & Dad, and this also raises awareness of the animals in shelters available for adoption.
    A licence renewal fee should cover the cost plus of an inspector’s visit. They will soon provide the staff when the costs are covered plus profit and if breeders can’t afford to pay they can’t afford to breed.
    Unlicensed operators should be hit hard.

  42. Media coverage has definitely slanted toward blaming only those who run the puppy mills. Here in the States, though, animal rights groups are all over the fact that puppy mills will only stay in business as long as it is profitable. More than one national group (and, I’m sure, many local groups) work to educate the public on this issue. More than one pet store has closed due to pressure from the public. More than one puppy mill as been put out of business through the tireless efforts of these groups.

    To be fair, those buying from a puppy mill don’t generally have bad intentions. They are often either uneducated about the conditions in which these dogs are bred, born, and raised or attempting to rescue the puppies.

    The desire to rescue these dogs is most certainly admirable. As a dog lover, it is definitely a dilemma: purchase from a puppy mill or pet store or shun the mills and stores in order to put them out of business. That sounds like an easy choice. But look more closely.

    Most dog lovers see it a little differently: rescue a mistreated, possibly abused, sweet little pup… or… abandon that same mistreated, possibly abused, sweet little pup to a life of who knows what in order to keep their dollars from encouraging puppy mills.

  43. I just reread my post: please do not misunderstand. I am absolutely, positively, 100% against puppy mills. I have never and will never purchase a dog from such a place. I adopted my little furkid from the shelter and I loudly and emphatically encourage others to do the same!

  44. my sister & husband have 2 westies that were rescued by a charity that rescues older dogs from puppy farms that is in Wales they have had them 3 years now but they have many medical issues that were caused by breeding and what they were fed,their coat was yellow instead of white stained by lying in their urine.they have a good life now but they still have problems but are seen by the vet regular and its cost them a small fortune even they are inssured but the wouldn’d be without them.I agree that if people did not buy puppies from puppie farms they would goe out of business

  45. Unfortunately people do not seem to realize just how bad the conditions are for the dogs….articles are all over the place regarding this matter, but obviously the potention petowners are not comprehending the extremely poor practices of these farms. I believe actual video exposure makes it more believable…sort of a shock treatment. Personally the videos I’ve seen brings me to tears. Video footage requires no text “Seeing Is Believing”

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