Friday, 22 October 2010

Puppies suffering, call in the government!

In addition to the usual coalition-bashing and 'cuts' hysteria on the BBC this morning, there was a segment about some truly appalling conditions on Welsh 'puppy farms'.

Predictably, the solution being proposed is greater regulation, which would impose unnecessary bureaucracy on hundreds of small breeders who treat their dogs well.

I couldn't help thinking about the contrast between the knee-jerk reaction to poor conditions on some puppy farms ("something must be done"), and the general lack of interest in conditions as bad or worse at intensive livestock farms across Europe.

We should decide what standards of care our society expects for animals, and crack down hard on those few who show callous disregard or outright cruelty.

More regulation is not the answer.

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