VET’S VIEW: People power is the way forward for animal welfare

FOR most of us, this week’s pretty normal.

School holidays coming to an end, everything’s pretty routine and there’s nothing particularly exciting going on. But for our beloved pets, unbeknownst to them, it’s potentially a time of great change and progress.

On Tuesday, I spoke at Parliament about irresponsible dog breeding and puppy farming, especially the welfare implications, both on thousands of poor breeding bitches imprisoned in horrific puppy farms, as well as an even greater number of their sick dying pups separated from distressed mothers way too early, then sold from websites, pet shops, garden centres, etc.

Yesterday, I was back at Parliament again, speaking about online selling of pets, namely puppies and kittens.

For most of us, this is just plain wrong, as, of course, is puppy farming, yet they ‘happily’ exist and, if anything, are gaining in popularity in 21st century Britain – a civilised country complete with a totally enforceable Animal Welfare Act to prevent suffering.

Sadly, as proven dramatically by last week’s huge outcry against the badger cull, it’s now up to us, the public, to care about animals – to join together in person or via social media to raise awareness, rather than wait for new animal-friendly laws. People power is the way forward. Government e-petitions make it to Parliament with 100,000 signatures. As I write this, my own anti-puppy farming Government e-petition has more than 62,000 signatures and is the fifth most popular e-petition.

Please sign and share here: www.pupaid.org

This week ends with PupAid – one of the world’s largest puppy farming awareness events – and well worth the short trip up to London to join in the celeb-judged dog show, boutique doggy shopping village and more. See you there with your dogs!