Know your puppy’s background – insist on visiting the breeder!

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Know your puppy’s background – insist on visiting the breeder!

88 SIGNATURES OBTAINED, THIS CAMPAIGN ENDED ON July 31, 2014

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For far too many years, hundreds and thousands of dogs have been born and bred in the most appalling conditions in puppy factories hidden from public eye across Hong Kong, to feed the city’s ever-growing demand for pets. While the Government’s current proposed legislation 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!

The current proposal goes a long way to license and regulate the dog trade, but it still falls short in its goal of protecting the wellbeing of animals in four vital respects.

NO Rights to Visit the BreederIt 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’!

NO Cap on Numbers of DogsEach 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!

NO Rest for Mother between littersPregnancy 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!

NO Freedom of Movement 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 the company for up to 23 hours a day or more, is to trade in cruelty!

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We the undersigned, support the Hong Kong Government’s new initiative to regulate the pet trade, but the proposed legislation does not go far enough to END THIS TRADE IN CRUELTY. We DEMAND TOUGH LAWS including THE BUYER’S RIGHT TO VISIT THE BREEDER. Only then can we Boycott the Bad Breeders. Our dogs deserve it.

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This petition was started by SPCA on October 21, 2013, with an end date of July 31, 2014.

SPCA (HK)'s mission is to promote kindness to animals, prevent cruelty, protect their health and welfare, educate to promote a deep respect for life. ATL exemption number ORG – 00002

SPCA (HK), the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was first formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 and was formally registered in 1921. We are t... See More

Animals are living creatures that are similar to humans. They can feel pain, hunger and thirst. We should not inflict any suffering upon our fellow creatures just because they can't speak.

Our mission is " To promote kindness to animals, to protect their health and welfare, to prevent cruelty and through education, to inspire in the community a deep respect for life so that all living creatures may live together in harmony."

How does the SPCA achieves these aims?
-Helping abandoned, sick and injured animals.
-Rescuing animals (including wild animals), help execute animal welfare regulations and investigate cruelty complaints.
-Providing low-cost desexing services for cats and dogs to help prevent unwanted litters.
-Rehoming of homeless animals.
- Hospitalising homeless animals when needed and providing necessary basic veterinary care, treatment of disease or major surgery.
-Educating the public on responsible pet ownership and animal welfare issues.
-Monitoring of food animal welfare standards.
-Lobbying and working with government to bring about improved animal welfare legislation.


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