Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Behind The Scenes: RSPCA Puppy Farm Seizure

What is a puppy farm?

A puppy farm (also known as a puppy factory or puppy mill) is an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs. Puppy farms are usually large-scale commercial operations, but inadequate conditions may also exist in small volume breeding establishments which may or may not be run for profit.

What can be done to end puppy farming?RSPCA Australia considers puppy farming to be a significant national animal welfare issue. To attempt to address puppy farming at a national level, RSPCA Australia released a Discussion Paper on the issue in January 2010. We received over 100 responses which were used to help develop a document presenting a potential way forward to end puppy farming in Australia. In August 2010, RSPCA Australia convened a meeting involving a number of key stakeholders to work through the draft document.

The resulting document - End Puppy Farming - The Way Forward - presents a series of problems, desired outcomes and recommended ways forward which, if implemented, would bring a complete end to puppy farming in Australia.

How can I help?

You can help us close the legal loopholes and help us bring an end to puppy farming:

Sign up to our Close Puppy Factories campaign

Write to your State/Territory MP and Federal MP - here is a draft letter to get you started

Become a Smart Puppy Advocate - tell your friends and family how to avoid supporting puppy farms

Source: rspca.org.au

This is one cause any animal lover should be 100% behind.


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