Campaign to end ‘evil’ puppy farm industry
Animal charities, Trading Standards and the Scottish Government have joined forces to launch a new campaign aimed at bringing an end to the “evil” puppy farming business.
Sales of pups from illegal factories are estimated to have netted £13million in Scotland last year alone.
While the Scottish SPCA said organisations working to tackle the “damaging” and “evil” industry had achieved some success individually, it stressed they now needed to work together and adopt a unified approach.
The new www.saynotopuppydealers.co.uk website has the backing of the Scottish Government, Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, the RSPCA, Battersea Dogs trusts, Trading Standards Scotland, the Blue Cross, OneKind, the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the University of Edinburgh.
Scottish SPCA chief executive Kirsteen Campbell said: “Our research showed that puppy-farmed pups are more likely to have a genetic disorder and are more at risk of deadly infectious diseases such as parvovirus, which can cost up to £4,000 to treat.
“The growing illegal trade is, put simply, organised crime and at present there is little deterrent.”
Sales from illegal farms are said to be £13million a year