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The independent report, after Pedigree Dogs Exposed revealed to the public the true welfare and health costs of dog breeding - is now published.
Hopefully will give more teeth to tackle puppy farming (battery breeding), and educate potential buyers into thinking more about their purchases.
Sadly, Roy Hattersley mentions the 'post-christmas bargain' pups on the websites he visited when looking for a successor to Buster.
But pleased to see he found a new friend (rescue not backyard breeder!)
Lots of other good recommendations in the report - compulsory microchipping, and an independent body to oversee welfare.
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Working in welfare and being a sceptic I don't think change is in the air.
For that to happen this government would need the motivation for it to happen and that motivation is just not there.
I've attended three annual seminars, at each on the agenda was a talk on the new changes to the animal welfare bill, each time the speaker has stood up and apologised that there was nothing to report because MP's haven't progressed the bill.
If you remember the Panorama documentary on fighting dogs and smuggling, it was revealed many of them were getting in to Britain via Ireland, the next day the then prime-minister of Ireland and Ian Paisley rang the USPCA and asked what was needed to be done to stop it, of course that phone call was widely reported in the newspapers, since then what has been done to improve the animal welfare act...... Nothing.
If the governbent could just implement compulsory micro-chipping that would go along way by making each and every dog at least traceable back to some one, although on the negative side it would also mean dumping a dog would not be an options other solutions would be found.
How depressing. But I can believe it. Recommending is still a long way from funding and implementing.
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