Now they really are coming for your dog

It is only a week ago that I warned that pets are on the way out. A lot of people thought I was exaggerating. Or at least I was overstating the problem, and that we would always be safe to have pets if we so chose.

It is catching even me out by surprise at how quickly all this stuff is moving. Every time I think I am overstating an issue, something comes along to prove me absolutely wrong.

Here we go again.

The BBC ?reports that sales of puppies and kittens under 6 months old will soon be banned.?quote:

A ban on licensed sellers dealing in dogs and cats less than eight weeks old is already coming in on 1 October.

The ban aims to reduce the health problems associated which emerge when animals are reared in poor conditions.

It is a victory for the Lucy’s Law campaign, which has been calling for the ban to be implemented.

The campaign was named after a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who was badly treated in the puppy farming system. end quote.

Don’t get me wrong. Some of the practices of puppy farmers are totally reprehensible but this is not the answer.

Another ban. Another sledgehammer applied where it is not needed. quote:

Speaking in support of a change, Environment Secretary Michael Gove said: “People who have a complete disregard for pet welfare will no longer be able to profit from this miserable trade.”

TV vet Marc Abraham, who launched the campaign for Lucy’s Law, told BBC Radio 5 Live that Lucy’s Law will make all breeders and puppy farms “completely transparent and accountable” which “completely raises the stakes for animal welfare”. end quote

Yes. It is awful. I’m so sorry for the dog involved. I hate animal cruelty. But we are talking about one dog here. And, horrible though it was, not all breeders, or even so called ‘puppy farms’ treat their dogs badly. Some really care for their animals and bring them up with love and affection. After all, if you want to make money out of selling animals, the best thing to do is to look after them very well indeed.

The answer is to prosecute those that mistreat animals. Not to completely kill the industry. quote:

“There’s nowhere to hide, a pet shop can’t blame the breeder and the breeder can’t blame the pet shop,” he said.

“Everyone selling is accountable so this is a very exciting time for animal welfare.” end quote.

A lot of you out there will have dogs. Many of you will have got them from breeders, animal owners with a litter, or even puppy farms. Are they really all bad? Of course not. Is your dog okay? Do we really need a blanket ban because some breeders don’t look after their animals? Go after the bad breeders. That is all that is needed.

I know this article is from Britain, but once again, you can bet your life that it will come here soon.

But here is the thing.

The ban on licensed sellers dealing in dogs and cats less than eight weeks old is already legislated, which will make finding a puppy for your children much harder from now on.

Very soon, there will be very few sales of puppies at all.

Once that happens, it will only be a few years before less and less people own dogs.

You can see where this is heading, can’t you? Yet another one of our freedoms will be reduced, or taken away.

In a few years, there will be no dogs…

 

First, they came for my plastic bags

But I could live without plastic bags, so I did nothing

Then they came for my cat

But I didn?t have a cat, so I did nothing

Then they came for my dog…

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