In 2014, the UK dog population was estimated around 9 million.
This means that approximately 24% of the UK households own at least one dog
UK Dog Welfare
I am delighted to say that the parliamentary debate held on 4th September was well attended by cross-party Members of Parliament supporting our campaign for a ban on the sales of puppies and kittens in pet shops.
Most MPs made comment to the unusually high number of constituents who had urged them to take part and fight our corner, and this is down to you. You should be proud of yourselves because, without you, this debate would not have had so much MP support.
Please click here to read a full brief on the debate.
This debate is just the beginning. We now have to keep the momentum going and maintain the pressure on our MPs and government. Naturewatch Foundation, together with CARIAD, Pup Aid and many other organisation will continue to work tirelessly, not just to ban the sale of puppies and kittens in pet shops, but to end puppy farming altogether.
Despite being labelled a nation of dog lovers, around 100,000 stray dogs are picked up by councils every year in the UK. These dogs add to the ever-growing number of homeless dogs seeking new homes or facing death-row in shelters and pounds up and down the country at an estimated annual cost of £57 million.
In addition, reports of dog attacks are all too common. The knee- jerk legislation that was passed into law in 1991 has only exasperated the problem by listing certain breeds as dangerous. By identifying them as ‘dangerous’ dogs, they have been elevated to ‘Status Dogs’ which serve as the ‘weapon of choice’ for many undesirable characters.
Whilst the Government has introduced the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and have amended the Dangerous Dogs Act, there is still no indication that they intend to address the core issue, which is irresponsible and over breeding of dogs.