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WELSH PUPPIES - Parliament backs cruelty

Posted 3 December 2003

PupsIn the 1980s and 1990s, illegal puppy farming was a big problem in Wales.

Puppy farms are horrific places where dogs are treated as breeding machines - females impregnated every time they are in season and discarded or destroyed when no longer economically viable.

Animals are generally kept in awful conditions, with their health never a priority. Puppies are shipped all around the UK.

The problem seemed to have been abating, but the RSPCA has warned that recently there has been an increase in the number of puppy farms - albeit mostly legal enterprises.

This increase has been encouraged by a scheme launched by the Welsh Assembly in 2001 called Farming Connect. Farmers are encouraged to diversify into horse and dog breeding and can apply to the state for funding. Over 5000 applications for grants have been received and over 500 have been approved.

Such support for breeding will cause immense animal suffering. The market is already flooded with horses and dogs. Sanctuaries and rescue centres are over-run.

An estimated 300,000 unwanted and stray dogs are put down in Britain every year.

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