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Facing facts on puppy farming

Labrador breeder Carole Olive, with puppy Cookie and Chester, says puppy farms should have to meet registered breeders’ guidelines.
Labrador breeder Carole Olive, with puppy Cookie and Chester, says puppy farms should have to meet registered breeders’ guidelines. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

PUPPY farms should be forced to comply with the same standards as registered breeders, Casino dog breeder Carol Olive says.

Mrs Olive has been breeding dogs for 20 years and said she did it for love, not money.

"There is no money in it when you take into account all the costs," she said.

Mrs Olive said under registered breeder guidelines, dogs were only allowed to have one pregnancy per year, with a total of six pregnancies throughout their lifetime.

Pups were not to be separated from their mothers before they were eight weeks old.

And while Mrs Olive faces penalties if she does not comply with industry regulations, unregistered breeders do not.

Unethical practices in the unregulated dog breeding industry were aimed to maximise profit and included dogs having successive pregnancies, pups being removed from their mothers before it was safe to do so, birth defects caused by poor breeding practices and behavioural problems due to poor socialisation.

Anna Ludvik, Animal Law and Education spokeswoman at the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre, said ending puppy farming was in the hands of consumers.

"The power to improve the wretched lives of these animals rests with us," she said.

"A puppy farm is an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated in inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs' behavioural or physiological needs."

Ms Ludvik will be speaking at a workshop on puppy farming being held to coincide with the national day of action against puppy farming on Saturday, September 17.

The workshop will be held at Lismore Workers Club from 10am-noon.

For more information email animallawworkshop@gmail.com.

HELP END PUPPY FARMS

  • Only buy dogs from registered breeders.
  • Lobby for regulation of the industry.
  • Get informed by attending the Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre workshop.

Topics:  casino puppy farms



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