Prohibit the sale of puppies through pet stores and on-line traders
  • Petitioning The New Zealand House of Representatives; Hon Nathan Guy

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Ministry of Primary Industries
The New Zealand House of Representatives; Hon Nathan Guy

Prohibit the sale of puppies through pet stores and on-line traders

    1. Petition by

      HUHA (Helping You Help Animals)

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

 

To:
The New Zealand House of Representatives; Hon Nathan Guy, Ministry of Primary Industries
We the undersigned, respectfully request that the New Zealand Parliament prohibit the sale of puppies other than through licenced breeders, or by adoption through registered animal welfare groups.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. SAY SOMETHING.....

      A tribute to the lives that couldn't be saved .... they deserved some closure - please share this video to enlighten and encourage others to help save lives https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG7GFmbT7qg

      HUHA - Say something.....Stop the online and petshop sales of puppies (music by Huia)

      Every year countless puppies die for the sake of demand and supply. They are bred in volume for profit and sold online and in pet stores right here in NZ. Not all puppies are robust enough to cope with being taken from their mothers so young, and put into such harsh new environments.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. AN INSPECTION FAILS ANIMAL WELFARE AGAIN

      We are saddened and very disturbed that a Levin Puppy farmer has been given the all clear by SPCA Inspector Dan Auger. Julie Poulton who runs a Levin based breeding establishment was highlighted by HUHA as supplying the Lower Hutt Pet Centre with underage, sick puppies that died due to hypoglycaemia and related illnesses. Others died from giardia and canine parvo virus because they were too young to be away from their mothers. A newspaper in Levin has reported that Dan Auger recently visited the establishment and reported that "The purpose breeding facility was cleaner and more organised than some SPCA centres I've visited." The puppy farm is run out of a 200 square meter barn which has 100 dogs registered to it and that does not include any puppy under the age of 12 weeks. It was suggested in the article that the puppies had come from another breeding facility in the Manawatu, but HUHA has documented evidence that they were in fact from Julie Poulton. This must be stopped.

    4. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • karen pringle UPPER HUTT, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 7 hours ago

      Want to see the end of Puppy Mills

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    • Sridhar Ekambaram WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 7 hours ago

      Pets are to be adored and taken care of.

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    • Hayley Robinson WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 8 hours ago

      There appears to be no logical reason why puppies cannot be sold purely through licensed breeders and animal protection organisations.

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    • jessica clifton CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 9 hours ago

      because so many animals are euthanized every year

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    • fiona crowther AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • about 9 hours ago

      I now have a dog that was used for the sole purpose of puppies for pet shops she is a spoodle that was taken by animal welfare..we love her alot but she has alot of problems..I support your work and commend you..

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