Ask your MP to strengthen laws to protect puppies

The puppy trade is rife with unscrupulous breeders and dealers breeding and selling puppies solely for profit, with little or no consideration for their health or needs. Consequently, puppies from these low-welfare breeders and puppy farms often suffer from serious illness and even an early death.

The first six to 14 weeks of a puppy's life are its most important. It's during this early period when it learns about the world, dog behaviour and human behaviour. Early removal from the mother and littermates is proven to compromise welfare and that's why we'd like to see an end to third-party sales of puppies.

Changes made to the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to include sections on better enforcement of licensed establishments and to also include a section dedicated to online classified sites selling puppies so they're more closely regulated is critical.

Urge your MP to protect puppies from the cruel puppy trade.

Letter subject line: Play your part in protecting puppies

Dear MP's:

The puppy industry is booming, but with many breeders and puppy smugglers from the UK and across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

It is no surprise that the puppy welfare movement has gained much momentum over the past year. As a nation of dog lovers we must protect our best friends.

For optimum dog welfare protection we would like to see the amalgamation of the Breeding of Dogs Act 1991 and the Pet Animals Act 1951 within the Animal Welfare Act, so everything is clear and in one place of reference.

As your constituent, I would be very grateful if you would write to Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and ask him to adopt IFAW's legislative asks to better protect puppies in the UK.

1) Ending all third-party puppy sales (i.e. taking out the middle man and naturally excluding rescue shelters and assistance dogs)

2) Introduce a better licensing system to allow full traceability when buying a dog

3) Introduce stricter laws for online classified sites, so their 'for sale' adverts are more closely scrutinised

You may have attended IFAW's Parliamentary launch on the 14th September where you would have seen their P.U.P.S. campaign film aimed at potential puppy buyers. Only when consumer demand reduces will the suffering end. But, MPs must play their part too – laws need to be changed. Now is the perfect time to make sure the legislative changes are incorporated following the recent Government consultations. Now is the time for dogs to have their day!

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