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Petition to ban puppy farming

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Wood Green, The Animals Charity is supporting a campaign by Pup Aid, to help ban the cruel practice of puppy and kitten farming in the UK.

Puppy farming is the mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without any thought for the health, welfare, or happiness of either the pup or breeding dogs. Kept in horrific conditions, then sent long distances cross country and sold en masse - usually poorly and riddled with painful disease - to pet shops, websites, and private dealers; these puppies often die within days of arriving in their new home.

According to a recent Dogs Trust survey, 95% of dog owners say they wouldn’t buy a dog from a puppy farm yet as many as 900,000 people may have done so without even knowing.

Pup Aid founder Marc Abraham said: "Most dog owners say they’d never buy a dog from a puppy farm, yet a large number will due to common scams especially by private dealers. This is exactly why Pup Aid have launched this e-petition. We need 100,000 signatures from the nation’s animal lovers to make the Government listen and hopefully end this needless and preventable suffering for good.
"The Government must ban the sale of young puppies and kittens unless their mothers are present; as an absent mother is a clear compromise of both health and welfare for these animals and often a big clue indicating puppy farming."

Pup Aid believes prospective puppy and kitten owners should always:
- Ask “Where's Mum?”
- Insist on seeing the puppy/kitten and mother interacting
- Be aware of scams e.g. fake or no mother present at all

Pup Aid aims to educate and raise awareness about the cruel trade of puppy and kitten farming helping the British public to only buy from reputable and honourable breeders e.g. Kennel Club Assured Breeders, or consider adopting a dog from a local rescue centre. Pup Aid hope their campaign and e-petition will curb the demand and supply for farmed puppies and kittens and help tackle the horrific practice of puppy and kitten farming in the UK.

Please support Pup Aid by taking one minute out of your day to sign the e-petition http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/49528

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24 Comments

  • Caryll Comley
    09 May 2013, 10:49

    Puppy farming should be stopped immediately!

  • Sue Jeffery
    09 May 2013, 11:38

    The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a Heaven that it shows itself cloddish. ~Evelyn Waugh

  • Kerry Baldock
    09 May 2013, 20:14

    Just cruel!

  • Hayley
    11 May 2013, 16:18

    I thought puppy farming was already illegal. I'm truly shocked and appalled that it isn't and that we are only now petitioning to ban it! What are the government playing at?!

  • Rodger Stuart
    11 May 2013, 16:33

    These people have no regard for the animals' welfare and the ones who buy from them are not much better.

  • kerry stainsby
    11 May 2013, 20:33

    Puppy/kitten farming is cruel and unnecessary..

    There are enough rescue pups and kits out there needing loving homes.

  • Anonymous commenter
    12 May 2013, 20:39

    once the breeder has been located, they should be forced to live in the conditions they keep their animals in. and be banned for life, and life means life, not a few years so they can start up again.

  • trez creaney
    13 May 2013, 08:59

    disgusting practice and all in the name of money - when will we acknowledge that these creatures have thoughts and feelings like us - would we like to be bred in cages with multiple births - no - ban this practice Mr Cameron - NOW!!

  • sharon
    14 May 2013, 15:43

    name and shame - then people will know where not to buy a puppy or kitten from -

  • Diane Davies
    19 May 2013, 12:21

    This is so cruel.

  • Anonymous commenter
    21 May 2013, 00:42

    As a 1st time puppy buyer i brought from what i thought was a proper breeding kennel, & it turned out to be a puppy farm! my puppy was hospitalised on the 2nd day of having her home with servere kennel cough & pooing blood! Please everyone DO NOT buy from LITTLE RASCALS in Lincoln! This is an undercover puppy farm! & should be closed down, they give you no after care & they even acused me of lying about how poorly my puppy was! disgusting place, please save yourself the heartache!

  • pauline beni
    27 May 2013, 13:32

    Please add my signature to your online petition to ban puppy farming. Thank you. About 30 years ago we purchased a dalmatian puppy from a 'dealer'..In our ignorance, we did not realise the pup came from a puppy farm. The dog gave turned out to be deaf and was also snappy and unpredictable. We eventually had to have him put down when he bit our daughter in a totally unprovoked attack. We never blamed the dog but the greedy and unscrupulous people involved. No doubt our puppy was interbred and I dread to think of the life its poor mother must have had. I urge anyone buying a puppy to check its background.

  • Liz
    11 June 2013, 14:47

    Unfortunately pure bred dogs are big business and so unscrupulous cruel breeders will do their best to pull the wool over peoples eyes. If we were all a bit more happy to have mutts they would soon go out of business. I have two lurchers from Woodgreen and they are the most loving of creatures. Just glad I have two settees as between them and the two cats seating in our house is at a premium!!

  • Susie
    07 July 2013, 00:01

    All the cruelty and yet they continue to love us.

    Enforce the law!

  • linda reid
    05 August 2013, 18:20

    Very cruel practice

  • Lucía Gándara
    11 September 2013, 02:25

    Stop animal abuse !

  • Dawn Pierce
    11 September 2013, 02:35

    This horrible act should have never been started in the first place. End the puppy mills and farming now!!!

  • kerrie
    10 October 2013, 17:13

    Hi I am thinking of buyng a puppy and just doing my research i did come across little rascals in Lincoln i have never heard of them but they do ALOT of breeds, I do not want to sound Niave but how would i know if they are a puppy farm if the government and RSPCA cant shut them down or identify them how am i meant to. I am all for shutting all puppy farms down its disgraceful i have owned 1 dog before which i got from a friend and to be honest I am finding it really hard to figure out where and who to buy from.

    Please help

  • Anonymous commenter
    05 January 2014, 18:04

    My friend brought a puppy from little rascles and her dog is fine. But the she brought another and it died 5 weeks later with a disease that some of the of the other litter also caught.

  • Patricia
    11 January 2014, 22:16

    Brought a beautiful Bassett 10 weeks old.We took her straight to the vets from little rascals in Lincoln for her 2nd jabs.Our vet informed us she was a very poorly girl with what seemed to be kennel cough and pneumonia .She was totally lifeless our vet advised us to return her,which is what we did.I couldn't help feeling so sorry for her having to go back to that dreadful kennel.To be honest I will be surprised if she gets better.She is adorable and we are so upset she's been kept in these conditions.I couldn't bring her home as I have another dog and kennel cough is highly contagious .But saying that she was surrounded in kennels with other dogs.Please stop all this from happening

  • Anonymous commenter
    10 February 2014, 09:34

    We bought a Labrador from Little Rascals about 4 years ago. He had kennel cough from day 1, 6 months later he was diagnosed with elbow displacia affecting all 4 legs. Now he is developing a problem with his ears which the vets thinks could be a hereditary thing. We love him to bits and he is the most placid, friendly and loving dog you would ever meet. However I would urge everyone to avoid this place. My mother in law also bought a cocker spaniel at the same time and he has Addison's disease. I know these illnesses can affect any dog but 2 from the same place with health issues is alarming!!!

  • Canine Action UK
    15 February 2014, 16:12

    If you have bought a puppy from LITTLE RASCALS in Brant Broughton, Lincoln, or you know someone who has, please email Canine Action UK as soon as possible. Canine Action UK particularly want to hear from you if your puppy was sick, you felt misled by their advertising and/or you have a copy of your pedigree certificate. Veterinary bills will also be helpful.
    canineactionuk@yahoo.com
    All information will be treated as confidential and with the utmost sensitivity

  • ben peacock
    18 February 2014, 19:25

    In october 2008 my partner and I bought a puppy, milo, from 'little rascals' in lincoln, due to milo being an amazingly natured dog who loved everyone and everything, although we suspected it was a puppy farm we went and bought another from there, maisy in 2009. We had no problems with the dogs at all even though we heard horror stories about the place from time to time.
    Unfortunately two weeks ago milo suddenly died aged 5, in the space of less than a week his health rapidly deteriorated until nothing could be done to help him, it was an immune system disorder which felled my loveable boy in the end, which i am sure comes down to the breeding of the dogs and the quality of the bloodlines.
    we are currently going to get maisy tested and pray she does not have the same thing.
    As the old saying goes 'never does a dog make old bones' applies so much to little rascals

  • Lydia Stevenson
    01 March 2014, 02:16

    AVOID THIS PLACE!! LITTLE RASCALS ARE BAD NEWS! I brought a 3/4 pug puppy from here on 21st February 2014, to find him dead in his bed six days later the vets explained that there was no sign of injury or neglect and the puppy must of had a disease from little rascals. Little rascals have took no responsibility and have been quite disrespectful about the whole situation. They need to be stopped before this happens to even more people!!

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