HUHA (Helping You Help Animals) Charitable Trust is calling to stop the unnecessary deaths and suffering of the 100’s of puppies being bred bought and sold for profit in NZ every year. These puppies are bred for commercial purposes and are not protected by law. HUHA’s investigations have uncovered underage and underprepared puppies being sold to pet shops and on sold to families. These puppies are often not robust or resilient enough to cope away from their mothers, and have been seen to die of conditions such as hypoglycaemia, failure to thrive and common K9 viruses.
HUHA believes this is unethical and unnecessary, and want to:
STOP THE SALE OF PUPPIES IN PET STORES AND THROUGH ON-LINE TRADERS
Reputable breeders do not sell their puppies through pet stores. The majority of puppies sold through pet stores and some on-line trading sites come from commercially driven or back yard breeders who have little regard for the welfare for the puppies and their breeding parents.
STOP TO THE SALE OF UNDERAGE PUPPIES
Although there are guidelines and ‘best practice’ rules for the minimum age of puppies it is not illegal to sell puppies under the age of 8 or 10 weeks – in many instances these puppies are dying, and those that don’t often display physical and behavioural problems. Clear laws must be set relating to the minimum age of puppies for sale – we believe the minimum ages should be at least 8 weeks for medium to large breeds and 10 weeks for small and toy breeds.
ESTABLISH AN ENFORCEABLE CODE OF CONDUCT AND LICENCING SYSTEM FOR ALL BREEDERS
A clear code of welfare is required to control the breeding and selling of puppies. The only way to stop the puppy farms, back yard breeders and irresponsible breeders is to create a licencing system. Breeders need to be responsible and held accountable for the health and wellbeing of the puppies they sell. This would include being audited, providing a detailed log of all incoming and outgoing animals, births and deaths as well as health and welfare records and a manual on the procedures in place for each animals care, accommodation, enrichment etc.
We are seeking to prohibit the sale of puppies other than through licenced breeders, or by adoption through registered animal welfare groups.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO TO HELP
Sign the petition
Stop buying from pet stores that sell puppies
Only buy from reputable breeders and insist on viewing your new puppy with its mother
Get involved – help HUHA with its campaign – contact your local MP’s and spread the word
For more information go to our campaign website www.huhacampaigns.org.nz