Stop puppy mills, stop with the stupid breeds. πŸΆπŸΆ

I love dogs so so much and I am so happy that so many people have dogs, however, I really wish that people would stop treating dogs like a fashion accessory.
I am sick to death of pointing out, over and over again, the folly and horrors of selective dog breeding and puppy farming, because no one ever takes any notice, however bonkers the breeding practices are.
Every year, we import thousands of dogs from Ireland, and from Wales, which are awash with horrible puppy farms, some even legal, licensed by councils, then we buy the puppies, often online, only to find out that they’re poorly and no wonder they are ill- it’s all down to cross breeding.
The practice of cross-breeding tends to cause some controversy in the dog world. On one side, breeders of purebreds tend to consider these dogs nothing more than mutts. On the other side, proponents of crossbred dogs maintain they are adding vigor to the genetics of breeds they believe have been bred too closely for generations. Which side is right?
It’s sometimes hard to imagine that dogs are all the same animal when you consider the variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and personalities there are.

Some people prefer a dog that doesn’t look like any other breed they know, and cross breeding can certainly produce such a dog.

When you combine two different breeds, it’s a coin toss as to how the genetics will combine and this means that each puppy in a litter can look different from its littermates, and this can lead to a very interesting-looking litter but this is where problems arise.

With the increasing demand for ‘unique’ breeds this is what sparks the boom of puppy mills.
Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce dogs (and cats in cat mills) for sale through pet stores, or directly to consumers through classified ads or the Internet. Roughly 90 percent of puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills. Many retailers who buy animals from such facilities take the wholesaler’s word that the animals are happy and healthy without seeing for themselves.

Animals in puppy mills are treated like cash crops.

  • They are confined to squalid, overcrowded cages with minimal shelter from extreme weather and no choice but to sit and sleep in their own excrement.
  • Animals suffer from malnutrition or starvation due to inadequate or unsanitary food and water.
  • Sick or dying animals receive little or no veterinary care.
  • Adult animals are continuously bred until they can no longer produce, then destroyed or discarded.
  • Kittens and puppies are taken from their mothers at such an early age; many suffer from serious behavior problems.

** These different breeds also suffer with numerous health issues due to messing with their Genetics too much.

A good example of this is the English Bulldog.

The English Bulldog breed – also known as the British Bulldog – has a long-standing cultural association with the UK, but is also sought after worldwide because of its child-like appearance, gentle temperament and because they are, in Prof Pedersen’s words, “good apartment dogs” – a low-maintenance breed.

But the dogs suffer from a variety of health issues due to centuries of selective breeding. For example the Bulldog’s distinctive short face and snout (known as brachycephaly) has led to breathing difficulties, which are the leading cause of ill-health and mortality in the breed. Skin allergies (which can cause considerable discomfort) and mobility problems are also common – as are reproductive issues.

In a statement, the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA remain concerned that many pedigree dogs are still suffering because they’re bred and judged primarily for how they look rather than with health, welfare and temperament in mind.

(https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/science-environment-36916431)
In recent years, dozens of illegal puppy mills have popped up because the demand for unique cross breeds of dogs. Thousands of people are hearing about and reading about different breeds of dogs and look at pretty pictures of puppies running in the open fields and they’ll do everything to make sure this is the right dog for the family.
Puppy mills are not the only places that sell dogs; there are also private people make some extra money on the side from selling dogs, with some even selling made-to-order puppies to celebrities and promoting themselves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Facebook allows groups such as “Purebred dogs for sale” to exist, and those groups only grow bigger over time.

While thousands of dogs are abandoned and locked up for months or even years at animal shelters and NGOs that are struggling under the sheer number of dogs without a home, and while every year over 60,000 dogs are put to death just because there is no one to adopt themβ€”the purebred dogs industry continues to prosper and grow, mostly illegally.

The only ones to truly profit from this are the sellers.

In other countries as well as our own, governments are fighting the problem with legislation.
Unethical puppy farming is being targeted in a new government crackdown against unscrupulous breeders, including tight new restrictions for selling pups online.

In February, the UK government’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced he was considering imposing such a ban of the sale of pets in England. Cariad is also campaigning to limit the number of dogs breeders should legally be allowed to keep and the number of litters breeding dogs can have.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Building on improvements made since the introduction of the Dog Breeding Regulations in 2014, the Cabinet Secretary recently confirmed her intention to investigate the potential banning of third party sales.”

(https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-44800439)

The right legislation is essential to stop these practices however it is also our behavior on the issue that needs to change.

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Instead of buying from a breeder please I beg you to check out your local adoption centres first and rescue a dog; spend your time rescuing a dog and taking them out of a horrible circumstance and bringing them into your home and providing them love and you will see what a good dog they turn out to be.

Please do the right thing.

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Post again soon.

Faye x

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