Puppy farming is not something new. The practice of mass production of puppies in a farm and completely depriving them from their mothers is there for years. Puppy farms gained prominence at the end of the World War II when farmers started to pack puppies into the birdcages and untidy cabinets and sell them to pet stores for making profit. It turned out to be a lucrative business and it is still continuing. The astonishing fact is, most of the puppy farms are located in the developed countries like the USA, UK, Australia, Japan and China. The evil nexus between unscrupulous puppy farmers and dog sellers have reached a stage where even government initiatives are failing to break them down.
The reality of puppy farms -
- The kennels in puppy farms are generally consist of untidy, tiny, outdoor wood and crates or wire cages. The dogs are cramped into these filthy cages. In this unhygienic living conditions dogs are bound to suffer from a range of health problems.
- Dogs of different breeds are used as a commercial machine for breeding and no proper care is taken over here. Often no veterinarians attend them and they are not given any medicine if needed.
- Puppies are quickly separated from their mother that makes it difficult for them to socialize properly and they suffer from behavioral problems throughout their life.
- Most often these puppies face health problems due to living in unhygienic conditions. It is also observed that, after they have been adopted by humans, these puppies suffer from severe health complicacies and most of the time they die.
About Lucy & Lucy’s Law -
Lucy was a Cavalier Spaniel imprisoned in a Welsh puppy farm for breeding and later rescued by Lisa Garner. Suffering from malnutrition the dog was extremely underweight and tiny. She was forced to sleep in her own pee that resulted in her skin smelling like burnt flesh from the ammonia in the urine. She also had fused hips, a curved spine resulting from being kept in a cramped cage, dry eyes, epilepsy and bald patches to her fur. The plight, misery and hardship that Lucy suffered in the farm prompted the pet lovers to raise their voice against them and make the UK government to bring in some stringent law against the puppy farms. Scottish Nationalist MP Dr Lisa Cameron launched the Lucy’s Law campaign in the parliament.
Some of the key proposals suggested in the Lucy’s Law:
- Almost half the people who buy a puppy never see the mum. It is suggested in Lucy’s Law to make the selling of puppies without the presence of their mother illegal
- A complete ban on ‘Third Party Sales of Puppies‘ by the dealers licensed by the Government as pet shops
- Puppy farms will have to allow the buying public onto their premises if they want to continue to sell puppies
- Puppy mills hold breeder dogs captive in filthy conditions and abuse them all their lives. They will have to vastly improve the conditions of the dogs, or face being driven out of business
Pet lovers are extensively using the various social platforms in order get more and more people aware of the atrocities suffered by the dogs. Popular social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook are flooded with their posts on this topic. Here we are offering few of their views.
Only time will tell how successful the campaign will be and how government officials, general public and other pet lovers are going to respond to it.