1000 Flowers for the Planet - #146 Illegalise Puppy Factories
http://www.closepuppyfactories.org/ will give you an insight into the issue of puppy factories in the state of Victoria, Australia, where the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is taking action to fight this disgusting practice. Female dogs as young as six months old are forced to have litters of puppies continually for the rest of their life, which is often shortened in a painful way with collapsed uteruses and other medical problems. They are killed when they are no longer able to mass-produce. There is a high mortality rate of puppies born at these factories. The animals are not cared for in any way, never receive veterinary attention, are never patted, never allowed to run around or go for a walk – they are simply used as money making machines for the disgusting humans who run these factories.
Sadly, this is occurring in our own neighbourhoods here in Australia (but check if it’s happening in your part of the world too if you’re not an Aussie reader) and is allowed by the local councils. Breeders sell these puppies to pet shops, where 95% of the puppies sold come from puppy factories. They may also be sold through websites and via newspaper advertisements.
How can you prevent this from happening? Write letters to your local council demanding they illegalise these factories and prosecute the owners for animal cruelty. Sign petitions. Do NOT buy a puppy unless you are 100% sure it has come from a reputable seller/breeder and you know for sure it is not connected in any way to a puppy factory. Buy your puppy from the RSPCA or your local animal welfare centre. Spread the word – tell people about the plight of these poor dogs and get them to help fight this outrageous practice and have these factories illegalised.