The new dog breeding regulations have been published The Animal Welfare Regulation 2018: The breeding and selling of your litters and how it will effect you. I know a lot of hobby breeders are worried about whether they need to get licence or not. My main worry is will councils already struggling with funding cuts be able to implement these new regulations to any great effect. They already struggle policing with the current regulations. These regulations though are way overdue. Lets hope they will go some way to tackling the puppy farmed puppies, imported puppy farmed puppies, and also the Qualzucht (torture breeding) of dogs we have here in England.
The main reason why we have seen such an upsurge in puppy farms in recent years though is because of demand. Many people go about buying a puppy like buying a new pair of shoes. Some probably put more thought in to buying a pair of shoes than a puppy. So I think we actually need to also tackle this problem from the buyers end as well. Maybe the puppy buying general public should have to do a course on dog ownership before getting a puppy, and you can only sell puppies to people who have completed such a course. Just a thought, and would help with a lot more thought being put in to getting a puppy, as Puppy farms are a symptom of demand for puppies.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me (Jane) with Puddin' and Teagol, waiting patiently to flush a patch of kale, December 2019
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