New cam­paign aims to end ‘evil’ puppy farm­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

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 £13 mil­lion in Scot­land last year alone.

While the Scot­tish SPCA said or­gan­i­sa­tions work­ing to tackle the “dam­ag­ing” and “evil” in­dus­try had had some suc­cess in­di­vid­u­ally, it stressed they now needed to work to­gether and adopt a uni­fied ap­proach.

The new www.sayno­top­up­py­deal­ web­site has the back­ing of the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, Ed­in­burgh Dog and Cat Home, the RSPCA, Bat­tersea Dogs, Trad­ing Stan­dards Scot­land, the Blue Cross, OneKind, the Bri­tish Small An­i­mal Vet­eri­nary As­so­ci­a­tion (BSAVA) and Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity.

The Scot­tish SPCA teamed up with staff at the univer­sity to re­search the im­pact puppy farm­ing can have on dog be­hav­iour.

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.”

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