WE ARE WORKING TO STOP COUNCILS FROM LICENSING PUPPY FARMS
As highlighted on Panorama on 16th May 2016, the welfare issues faced by dogs in commercial breeding establishments is immense. Yet if existing animal welfare legislation was properly used by the licensing authorities these establishments would not be able to exist. Please help these dogs by supporting our case.
The panorama programme is available to view here until April 2017. Please watch it and help us stop the Councils from acting so irresponsibly!
We need to raise £50,000 as soon as possible to enable us to take our challenge to court, to fight for the rights of more than 250 parent dogs and many hundreds of puppies currently held in one licensed Lincolnshire Puppy Farm.
Local authorities have control of dog breeding in their areas. They have the power to grant or refuse dog breeding licences and to set out conditions attached to licences. On 20 January 2016 North Kesteven District Council granted a license to a Lincolnshire puppy farm to keep 200 breeding bitches and 59 stud dogs, and in so doing they completely ignored the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
The Animal Welfare Act 2006 was put in place to protect ALL animals in England and Wales.
The basic animal rights in the Animal Welfare Act include:
The right to 'a suitable environment' - the most appropriate environment for a pet dog is a domestic home, not a barn or other outbuilding such as those which are currently used to house the dogs.
The right to 'exhibit natural behaviour' - the natural behaviour for a dog bred to be a pet is to be just that: a person’s companion and pet. Insufficient levels of contact with humans will cause companion dogs stress.
The right to be 'protected from pain, suffering and disease' – this puppy farm has confirmed that its dogs are not health tested before they are bred. There are many known genetic diseases which vary from breed to breed and the tests are available. Not to test dogs is utterly irresponsible and is exposing these dogs and their resulting generations to a potential lifetime of painful, debilitating and life-limiting and suffering.
The dogs which are kept as ‘breeding stock’ by the puppy farm are living out their lives in unsuitable conditions, producing litter after litter, year on year – they could produce upwards of 1,200 puppies each year – many of which will succumb to diseases and conditions which could be avoided by health testing.
Together we can stop this!
In March 2016 we filed for Judicial Review against North Kesteven District Council.
A Licence was granted to the establishment in January 2016 and a further licence in June 2016, both of these licences were found to be unlawful by Mr Justice Edis of The Royal Courts of Justice.
These licences are due to be quashed at 23.59 18th October 2016.
We will be watching to see if North Kesteven will issue a new (lawful) licence, if they do, we will be challenging it on Animal Welfare grounds using the Animal Welfare Act 2006, and we will need your help.
Why this is case important?
If successful, our case will set a precedent for other local authorities to follow, protecting dogs across the country from irresponsible breeding and exploitation for profit.
How much are we raising and what is it for?
We are raising £50,000 now to pay for the first stage of work to have our case looked at by the High Court.
If the High Court agrees to hear the case we will need to instruct our lawyers to fight the case in court at a substantive judicial review hearing.
The target also includes the costs that the charity will be liable for if we lose the case. We are determined to fight the case and we consider that the risk of losing is a risk worth taking to try to change the system.
If we win the case, the Council will be liable for our costs and we will use your donations for other work, including other legal challenges to fight on behalf of exploited animals.
The average cost of re-homing a single dog through most responsible rescue centres is well over £1,000. In comparison, the costs of this case are relatively small, but it has the potential to save thousands of dogs now, and millions of future generations, from a lifetime of suffering.
We need to act together now to end the suffering of these dogs
Without the necessary funding, we will not be able to take the case forward. Please help us protect thousands of dogs from unnecessary suffering by pledging and spreading the word.
Chancepixies are a small independent charity (1129742) dedicated to relieving the suffering of animals in England and Wales and believe the way to reduce rescue, abandonment and neglect is to promote responsible breeding and ownership.