Join fight against il­le­gal puppy farms

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Ex­press read­ers are be­ing urged to sign a pledge to help com­bat il­le­gal puppy farm­ing.

Lo­cal MSP Tom Arthur is back­ing the #sayno­top­up­py­deal­ers cam­paign which aims to put an end to the il­le­gal puppy trade.

Thou­sands of pup­pies are born into the trade each year, said to be worth £13mil­lion in 2017 in Scot­land alone. Many are kept in hor­ren­dous con­di­tions, are of­ten re­moved from their moth­ers too early caus­ing dis­tress, harm and health prob­lems, all in the name of a quick profit.

The Scot­tish SPCA has launched a joint cam­paign and web­site with in­for­ma­tion for the pub­lic on what to be aware of when think­ing about buy­ing a puppy – and avoid­ing il­le­gal puppy deal­ers.

Mr Arthur, MSP for Ren­frew­shire South, said:“I am sup­port­ing the #sayno­top­up­py­deal­ers cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the il­le­gal puppy trade.

“Al­though it can be hard to walk away from a puppy that looks like it needs your help, pur­chas­ing a puppy from puppy farms in the il­le­gal trade will only fuel the in­dus­try and an­other dog will soon take its place.

“We need to do all we can to re­ject this trade and ul­ti­mately im­prove an­i­mal welfare by starv­ing the in­dus­try of profit.”

To sign the pledge visit www. sayno­top­up­py­deal­ers.co.uk

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