(I know, two blog posts in two days!?!)
Back in October I lamented the lack of regulation in the puppy breeding sector in Ireland, after TV3 aired a special report on puppy farms in Ireland. Ireland is know as the puppy farm capital of the world, as some puppies are bred in horrible conditions with little or no contact with humans, filthy living conditions and little or no medical care.
The Dublin SPCA recently issued a warning after receiving a series of calls about sick puppies. They said “Every day, we deal with people regarding animal welfare issues and it concerns us greatly when we receive calls from pet owners; especially at Christmas time, who tell us they’ve purchased their pet from the back of someone’s car or boot, only to find the animal has become dangerously ill very quickly, often dying within 24 hours of them getting it home.”
Back in October Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, said he would not sign the Dog Breeding Establishments Act into law until the completion of the Welfare of Greyhounds Bill is completed by the Oireachtas. Utter BS if you ask me.
Before the red mist descends again, let me get to the good news.
Today, Minister Hogan FINALLY signed the commencement order for the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010. The Act will come into force on 1 January 2012.
“The majority of dog breeding establishments in the country are well run and the owners and operators maintain high standards. However, I am well aware of problems with a small number of establishments. This legislation will deal with these operators, who seem to have no respect for the animals that they use for breeding purposes” said Minister Hogan. He went on to say that owners and operators of good quality establishments where dogs are well treated have absolutely nothing to fear from these regulations.
The Minister said that establishments will have a lead in time of six months to apply to their Local Authority to be included in the register of dog breeding establishments. As with other dog control issues, Local Authorities will be responsible for the implementation of the legislation locally.
The Dublin SPCA has welcomed “this signing and would like to thank the Minister most sincerely. It’s been a long road, however, today marks a positive outlook for Irish dogs and animal welfare.”
Dogs Trust Ireland has hailed this as “a historic day for dog welfare. We welcome today’s signing and believe it heralds a new dawn for Dog Welfare in Ireland.”