Thousands back puppy appeal to stop cruel shop trade
MORE than 4,000 people in the West Midlands are supporting a ban on pet shops and commercial dealers selling puppies.
MPs are debating calls to end the cruel practice of taking puppies away from their mothers to be sold, after more than 140,000 people signed a petition.
More than 4,000 people in the West Midlands signed an online petition which says the law should be changed so that pet shops and other dealers are banned from selling puppies.
Instead, dog- lovers would buy animals directly from breeders, where they are kept with their mothers until they are ready for sale.
Alternatively, they could obtain an animal from a rescue shelter.
The Government is already considering a ban on commercial third- party sales of puppies and kittens in England, and launched a consultation in February.
And it has announced plans to impose stricter licensing rules and conditions on breeders.
Currently, anyone who breeds three or more litters a year needs a licence, although some charities such as the Dog Trust says this should be expanded to include every breeder, even if they just breed one litter.
The petition, on the official Parliament website, says: “Removing puppies for sale from litter and mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. Puppies should be seen with their mum and transporting them to a different place for sale harms welfare.” It was signed by 1,279 people in Birmingham, 1,834 in the Black Country, 423 in Solihull and 482 people in Coventry.
Some West Midlands MPs, including Steve McCabe ( Lab, Birmingham Selly Oak) and Jess Phillips ( Lab, Birmingham Yardley), are already backing the proposed change in the law.
The two Birmingham MPs have both signed a House of Commons motion.
It says the proposed change “will be a major step forward in putting an end to unnecessary animal cruelty and helping to eradicate forms of irresponsible dog breeding and selling, such as puppy farming, smuggling and trafficking”.
Removing puppies for sale from litter and mum often creates sick, traumatised, dysfunctional dogs. PETITION
The petition says that separating puppies from their mothers at a young age is cruel