Thou­sands back puppy ap­peal to stop cruel shop trade

Solihull News - - IT TALK - JONATHAN WALKER jon. walker@ reach­plc. com

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

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