Animal welfare groups call for curbs on backyard breeders

  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 Dec 2011

PETALING JAYA: Animal welfare groups want the authorities to put a stop to the selling of puppies at pet stores.

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better (MDDB) rescue coordinator Irene Low claimed the practice had given rise to backyard breeders and puppy mills.

“These illegal breeders have a platform to sell their products' if pet shops continue selling puppies and dogs,” she claimed.

According to Low, puppy mills and backyard breeding should be busted as illegal breeders treated their animals badly and kept them in deplorable conditions.

“The breeders make the females litter after every heat cycle and this is blatant cruelty and animal abuse,” she added.

Low said those seeking pure-bred puppies could obtain their pets from legitimate and registered breeders.

MDDB, she said, had rescued many dogs that had been “bred excessively” and dumped on the streets when they were unable to litter anymore.

Malaysia currently has no laws to curb or prevent the operations of backyard breeders and puppy mills.

SPCA Selangor chairman Christine Chin concurred and cited the United Kingdom as an example where specific laws existed to govern the sale and breeding of dogs.

She said the laws weighed largely on the welfare of the dogs and prevented the abuse and exploitation of pedigree companion animals by inhumane breeders.

“Dogs are sold directly from breeding establishments so that buyers can see for themselves how the animals are kept and treated,” Chin said.

PAWS marketing communications officer Dave Avran said not all pet stores were irresponsible but claimed most were.

“Many source baby animals from puppy mills and backyard breeders and the condition of these animal factories' are horrible,” he added.

Avran said people were essentially supporting illegal breeding by buying pets from these establishments.

Diva Pet Shop owners Caleb Liew and Jo Makin said they also firmly believed that pet shops should not be allowed to sell dogs and puppies.

“This makes it easy for just about anyone to pick up a puppy. It should be made harder to get a pet,” Makin said.

Makin added that she normally referred her clients who want to obtain pedigree puppies to ethical and legitimate breeders.

“I also interview them to find out why they want a particular breed,” she said.

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