Dachshund owner launches “Ban pet shops from selling puppies” petition
Vikki Novelle is a Dachshund owner who felt so strongly about the practice of pet shops selling puppies that she decided to do something about it. She writes:
There is a pet shop near me with a ‘puppy room’ with various breeds for sale. It is in the grounds of a garden centre and has been there for as long as I can remember. To be honest, I have always thought in the back of my mind that it wasn’t ‘right’, but would then go home and forget about it. This time though I could hear puppies crying behind a closed door and I couldn’t forget it. I started thinking about the ‘stock’ that the shop might have been keeping and where the puppies came from. What happens to the puppies that aren’t sold?
That evening I set up a petition to stop pet shops from selling puppies and keeping puppies as ‘stock’. We need 10,000 signatures for a response from the government and 100,000 for a debate in parliament.
All pet shops have to be granted licences from the council to sell puppies, but they don’t have to specify where they obtain the puppies from. This is surely the MOST IMPORTANT part of the whole process. An RSPCA Inspector I spoke to said that many of the puppies come from puppy farms. I understand that this is extremely difficult to monitor, however banning the sale of puppies in pet shops would be one less outlet for the puppy farmers to sell to and one less source of ‘reliable income’ for these breeders.
I hope that the dog lovers in the UK will support us and sign the petition.
By November 8th there were 5000 signatures on the petition.