End Puppy Mills in Eastern Europe

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Originally Posted: 24 Jun 2010

End Puppy Mills in Eastern Europe

FROM Four Paws

Appeal to the European Union and the individual governments of the member states to finally implement a uniform regulation across the EU mandating the registration of dogs and increase and improve controls of the transport of and trade with puppies.


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The illegal business with puppies from Eastern Europe is booming: countless dogs are smuggled to destinations throughout Western Europe in car boots and boxes by ruthless traders. Once they arrive they are sold through the internet or classified ads. These ads claim the puppies are reared “with love” or “in a family environment”.

The truth couldn’t be more different: Most of the puppies come from mass breeding farms in Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania. The animals are often torn from their mothers far too early and are seriously ill. The puppies are transported across Europe with forged papers - the open borders within the EU make it easy for the puppy traders.

Many dog lovers often buy the puppies out of sympathy, without realising that they are supporting the ruthless business of animal suffering. Many of the puppies die after a few days, as they are not vaccinated or de-wormed. If they do survive, they suffer all their lives. They are psychologically damaged and prone to illness.

The authorities are almost powerless to stop or catch the puppy traders due to the open borders across the EU. FOUR PAWS demands a Europe-wide mandatory registration of dogs and better border controls!

Join FOUR PAWS in campaigning against the cruel puppy trade! Appeal to the European Union and the individual governments of the member states to finally implement a uniform regulation across the EU mandating the registration of dogs and increase and improve controls of the transport of and trade with puppies.


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