Tigger, Jo Jo and Rocky, the lovely ‘rescued’ puppies featured in these videos, are the lucky ones. Hundreds and thousands more are still being bred in the most appalling conditions in puppy factories hidden from public eye across Hong Kong. While current proposals finally mean that all dog breeders will have to be licensed, we believe that only by demanding the buyer’s right to visit the breeder can we boycott the bad breeder. Only then can we end this trade in cruelty!
For far too many years, indeed for decades, the plight of tens of thousands of dogs born and bred in the most appalling conditions to feed Hong Kong’s ever-growing demand for pets, has been ignored. While the current proposed legislation goes a long way to license and regulate the dog trade, it still falls short in its goal of protecting the wellbeing of animals in 4 vital respects.
It should be a fundamental buyer’s right to see where and how a puppy has been raised. Only then can you be assured of the good breeding conditions, the health and welfare of the mother and puppies. A good breeder will welcome this buyer’s inspection and indeed will want to know if YOU are a suitable owner for the pup’s ‘life-time’!
Each and every mum and pup requires individual care and attention, in a comfortable and spacious environment that, on the one hand fosters vital socialization skills in the puppy, and on the other constitutes, let’s not forget, the lifelong home of the breeding mother. No cap on numbers encourages the continued existence of puppy factories for profit!
Pregnancy for a dog lasts for 2 months during which she can be carrying a litter of a many as 12 puppies. She then succours her puppies for a further 2 months until they are weaned and taken away from her. This is a tough 4 months to endure and like any mother anywhere, she will need rest and recuperation. Without this essential requirement protected in law, the bad breeder will mate her every 4 months – until she dies of exhaustion!
Domesticated and bred for thousands of years to be ‘Man’s Best Friend’, the dog is a loyal and sociable animal that craves interaction and exercise. They all deserve to be cherished, loved and cared for – and walked regularly. In the name of profit, to deprive them of exercise, to lock them in a cage for life, bereft of company for up to 23 hours a day or more, is to trade in cruelty!
Know your puppy’s background - insist on visiting the breeder!
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