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Should we legitimise puppy farming?
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  1. Josh Loeb

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Learn some of the pertinent figures and it becomes obvious why dogs are being brought into the UK in large numbers.

In essence, set-up costs for breeders, particularly those operating in poorer countries, are low, and profits earned through UK sales are huge. According to a Dogs Trust estimate, a French bulldog breeder in Poland with 20 breeding bitches, each producing one litter a year, could bring around 80 puppies into the UK annually. If each pup sold for £1500, the breeder would be turning over £120,000. And that is a conservative estimate.

Compounding this is the low rate of detection of illegal imports and the fact that the penalties imposed on the few smugglers who are caught are not especially severe.

There remains a fundamental problem concerning supply and demand …

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