Soapstars, TV personalities and sporting heroes joined together to support Puppy Farm Awareness Day in Brighton last weekend, to raise awareness of the cruel practice of puppy farming in the UK. The day was organised by social petworking website ThePet.net.
Supported by Eukanuba, the day included a funky doggy shopping area, live music, facepainting and a fun dog show, with judges including Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan (Tina McIntyre), The Bill’s Chris Ellison (DCI Frank Burnside), EastEnders’ David Spinx (Keith Miller) accompanied by his canine partner, ‘Genghis’ the Irish Wolfhound and even ex-World Champion Boxer Michael Watson MBE judging Best Boxer Dog! Local politicians were also present to discuss legislative changes that can be made to protect the health and welfare of puppies in the future.
The event was supported by a second puppy party organised by the Kennel Club, and open to all puppies that were entered into Darlington Dog Show, at Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripley.
The Kennel Club and Thepet.net co-founders, TV vet Marc Abraham and social media guru Andrew Seel, want people to know the truth about where badly-bred puppies come from and help them choose a happy and healthy puppy bred by a reputable breeder, rather than a sick or diseased farmed one.
Kennel Club Veterinary Advisor, OUR DOGS columnist and TV vet, Marc Abraham, said: “I am treating more and more puppies that have come from puppy farms than ever before. Puppy buyers often don’t know how to spot the signs of an irresponsible breeder and so continue to unwittingly line the puppy farmers’ pockets, fueling this cruel trade’.
People can sign the Kennel Club’s petition, which asks the government to enforce a mandatory set of standards for all breeders, based on those already followed by Kennel Club Accredited Breeders and that put the puppies’ health and welfare first and foremost.
To sign the Kennel Club’s petition or to find a responsible breeder visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/stoppuppyfarming. To register your dog for the Brighton puppy party or to find out more about which celebrities are judging the competition visit www.thepet.net.
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