Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Hosts Dog Breeding Consultation Launch

04/05/2018

Christine Grahame MSP today (Friday 4 March) visited Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home to launch a public consultation on her proposed Member’s Bill to better regulate dog breeding and buying.

The SNP MSP wants to encourage people to think seriously about the responsibilities of dog ownership and to buy from reputable breeders rather than feeding into irresponsible puppy farms with poor conditions and unhealthy dogs.

With between 70,000 and 190,000 new puppies every year in Scotland, the dog breeding trade has become a lucrative source of income for many unscrupulous dealers and organised crime groups.

Commenting Christine Grahame MSP, who Convenes Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Animal Welfare and is an Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home Animal Champion, said:

“Dogs are much-loved friends and companions who bring great joy to many families – but anyone considering buying a dog should take care to buy from a reputable seller.

“Too many dogs end up with chronic health conditions from irresponsible breeding or in rehoming centres having gone to a home that was wholly unsuitable in the first place.

“I look forward to hearing your views via my online consultation on how we can end the misery for these animals and put a stop to the puppy trade.”

Lindsay Fyffe-Jardine, Director of Operations and Deputy CEO of Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home, added:

“There is a growing problem of irresponsible breeding activities in Scotland, which is evident from the increasing demand for Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home's rehoming services. While we understand that many people have the best intentions when they go to buy a dog, it's important that we better safeguard the public, and our animals, from these illicit practices. Poor breeding activities bring with them a huge impact on welfare, health and behaviour, which is when the dog ends up with us for rehabilitation and rehoming.

“Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home welcomes the Member’s Bill proposal on dog breeding legislation, and we look forward to working closely with our animal welfare colleagues in Scotland to tackle this issue.”

Christine and Lindsay were joined at the launch by Sasha, a Dutch Shepperd Cross, who has currently been awaiting her forever home for over a year.

Also joining the meeting were representatives of Scottish SPCA, OneKind, Dog's Trust, the Kennel Club and the Scottish Kennel Club.

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