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Despite receiving thousands of objections from the general public during public consultation – including 6,800 objections from PETA supporters – Murray River Council has voted to approve plans for a puppy farm in Moama, New South Wales.
But we have one last chance to stop this development at the State Government level.
The plans submitted to council for the breeding facility would see up to 200 adult dogs and 120 puppies kept on the premises at a time. The dogs would be forced to have litter after litter of “designer puppies” – English and French bulldogs, cavoodles, and miniature dachshunds – only for them to be taken away when they’re still just babies and sold for profit.
Breeding dogs for arbitrary physical traits at the expense of their health causes them to suffer from many genetic issues. Brachycephalic – or flat-faced – dogs such as bulldogs often have breathing problems because of their shortened air passages, and miniature dachshunds are susceptible to intervertebral disk disease as a result of being bred to have disproportionately long bodies.
Puppy farms also contribute to the homeless-animal crisis. Every puppy bred and sold by such facilities takes away a chance at a loving home for a dog in a shelter. Local residents are rightfully worried about the welfare of the animals at this proposed facility and the consequences that such a large breeding operation would have on the region’s already overflowing shelters.
Please join us in speaking up for dogs now by asking the New South Wales Minister for Agriculture, Minister for Local Government, and Minister for Planning, to review this proposal and intervene.