Make a difference – What can you do?
The suffering of dogs and puppies in battery farms and many commercial breeding places is abhorrent and shocking. What is more shocking is that is continuing and the authorities that could do something to stop it, are doing little and certainly not enough to engage in the issues.
There are several campaigning groups around the world that tirelessly battle to get these places closed down and educate the public about how to find and buy healthy puppies or encourage pet adoption from rescue shelters. Find out about them, follow their work and tell everyone you can about what you know. The more we tell people about commercial puppy breeding and what it involves, the greater chance there is that eventually, as more people learn the truth, the business will be less viable for the ones profiteering from the suffering.
There are lots of links on the internet, a google search will soon produce a lot of good information for you, but as a quick start, these are worth looking at:
In the UK, PupAid founded by TV vet Marc Abraham, launched an e-petition which in 2014 achieved over 110,000 signatures and triggered a parliamentary debate. It called on the government to ban the sale of young puppies and kittens in pet shops and garden centres, making it a lot harder for puppy farmers to sell their “stock” through these outlets. Impulse buys in these places would not be possible. All good. The debate did not achieve this aim, but it did raise a lot of awareness and the pressure on legislators has ratcheted up significantly as people have got engaged in the political process. This is ongoing.
We can each lobby our own MPs to take this subject seriously. Write to your MP to find out their views and make yours known. Make them aware that this is a topic that concerns you. Find your MP here.
Susie-Belle was fostered by the manager of the Diana Brimblecombe Animal Rescue Centre and had her life-changing cataract surgery arranged and funded by them and I actively support them and aim to help them raise vital funds. You can do the same with any animal rescues, the smaller ones these days really are struggling in a tough climate and unprecedented levels of need amongst the animals they care for. Consider supporting one, it will make a massive difference to the small ones.
Tell everyone you can about what you know, and continue to do so. People are keeping this trade thriving, because they are not listening, or don’t know what lies behind the cute puppies they see in shops, or online. Tell them the story of Susie-Belle and others like her.