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Petition triggers parliamentary debate on dog breeding

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AN online petition on dog breeding which secured more than 111,500 signatures resulted in a debate in the House of Commons this month.

The petition calling for a ban on puppy farming, irresponsible breeding and the sale of puppies and kittens for profit in pet shops was initiated by veterinary surgeon Marc Abraham as part of his Pup Aid campaign, which aims to raise awareness of puppy farming and encourages prospective owners to seek out reputable breeders and ask ‘Where's mum?’ when buying a puppy.

The debate in the House of Commons, on September 4, was sponsored by Robert Flello, Labour MP for Stoke on Trent South. The motion put before MPs asked them to note the problems associated with large-scale commercial puppy breeding establishments and to call on the Government to review existing legislation to ensure that it is consistent …

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