Outrage!

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Ireland is now regarded as the Puppy Farm capital of Europe.

Submitted: December 15, 2016

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OUTRAGE!!

 

Ireland is apparently the Puppy Farm capital of Europe, producing a known 30,000 puppies a year. The true figure, of course, could well be so much higher. There are fewer and fewer countries with the rural landscape these ‘establishments’ need to flourish. They would not remain undetected for long in a town or city.

 

A puppy farm is an establishment that breeds as many puppies as they possibly can, and then goes on to sell them for the optimum profit. They do not view the puppies or dogs as living animals but as any other commodity used to make money. They are harsh and uncaring places where dogs are kept in horrendous and cruel conditions.

 

One of the first things to bear in mind is that veterinary services are not cheap. That means that the majority of these animals have never been seen by a vet, have had no health checks whatsoever, let alone the usual puppy vaccinations. Health problems that are obvious tend to be ‘treated’ by the puppy farmers themselves. Most will be ignored.

 

Hereditary defects are common in puppies brought from farms. Some puppies die in a matter of weeks after being purchased, leaving their new owners upset and believing they had done something wrong, when the fact is that the puppy never had any chance of surviving no matter what. Inbreeding is common practice which ensures that hereditary defects become more pronounced with each litter that is born.

 

Some of these puppy farms have 500 breeding bitches, the breeds changing as demand and fashion dictates. These dogs, the dams, are bred from twice every year until their bodies can’t take any more. They are then ‘disposed of’ like a broken piece of machinery that’s too worn out to be used. They are tossed out as trash along with any of the puppies who have succumbed tosickness before being sold on or that were born dead.

 

These dogs are shut up 24 hours a day. Many will never haver seen sunlight, let alone been talked to or shown any sign of affection. They will not have been stroked and will have had no experience of human kindness. No wonder so many exhibit severe behavioural problems, or outright aggression. They will have been kept in cramped and filthy conditions. The dogs are kept in crates, boxes, cages, sometimes old vehicles, which they have never before left. And they will have been sharing that space with three or four times as many companions as there was space for. And as for regular exercise – forget it.

 

Most of Ireland’s ‘Farm Produced Puppies’ make their way to the UK. Just last month there was a raid carried out at a ferry port that rescued hundreds of these dogs. Many were too sick and had to be humanely destroyed but the healthier ones went to rescue charities where they received any veterinary treatment they needed, and learnt that people are not always cold and uncaring before being put up for adoption.

 

Most people are unaware that the cute puppy they are about to purchase comes from a farm. They are tricked by experienced tactics. Meeting someone along the road to save part of a journey is one strategy that is often used, but also just moving the litter to a separate viewing room is also a common occurrence.

 

So how can a person avoid being tricked by these cruel and inhumane conmen? Beware of internet advertisements and ones in local newspapers. Ask questions, do some research. There are many, many reputable breeders out there who truly care for their animals. Support them rather than the puppy mills. Or better still, go to an animal rescue center and offer a home to a dog that is unwanted. They do often have young puppies too.

 

One word of warning though – buying a dog should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision. I’m sure every body has heard the phrase, ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’. Many dogs, when cared for, have a life span of ten years or more. Be sure you are prepared to make that commitment before taking that step into dog ownership.

 

Puppy Farms are run for profit. If they are not supported by consumers they will eventually cease to exist.

 

 

 


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