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Labour Party Commended for Commitment on Breeding Reform

26 February 2015
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

UK - Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has welcomed the Labour Party’s decision to tackle backstreet breeding in its animal welfare manifesto for the upcoming General Election.

The manifesto reiterates Labour’s commitment to reviewing the current breeding legislation if they are elected in May. Battersea welcomes this commitment, and looks forward to seeing other parties pledging similar support for the issue.

Every year, countless defenceless dogs are forced to repeatedly produce litters of puppies by unlicensed breeders and sold for easy money. Profit is put before the welfare of the dogs, who are callously abandoned once they have served their purpose.

The world famous animal charity launched a campaign in Parliament this month to help end backstreet breeding, and has already received the support of 55 MPs from across the UK, with many more soon to follow.

Dee McIntosh, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Director of Communications, said: “It’s very encouraging to see the Labour Party’s commitment to breeding reform.

“This is a fantastic step towards getting backstreet breeding firmly on the political agenda. We’ve already seen immediate support for the Backstreet Breeding campaign from many MPs of all parties throughout the UK and we look forward to seeing similar pledges from other parties in their manifestos.

“Cross-party agreement was crucial in seeing compulsory microchipping become law, and we look for the same on breeding reform.”

Battersea sees the consequences of backstreet breeding every day, with dogs arriving bearing the physical and mental scars of their troubled past. It is clear that a crackdown on these breeding practices would contribute greatly to the number of unwanted animals on our streets and coming into rescue centres across the UK.

Battersea is calling for a closing of loopholes that allow dogs to be sold before they are eight weeks, so they can have the vital time they need with their mother, and a simplification of the law to require all breeders to be licensed for their second litter.

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