DOG lovers, take heed. That cute jack russell terrier could have been a victim of massbreeding under inhumane housing conditions.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and six other animal-welfare groups have stepped up efforts to raise awareness of unethical practices at puppy mills here, with an ongoing campaign titled Stop the Cruelty in Puppy Mills.
Speaking to my paper at an event held yesterday at East Coast Park to mark World Animal Day, SPCA executive officer Deirdre Moss said: "Puppy mills are a result of a rise in demand for pedigree dogs."
Consumer demand for pure-bred puppies and "designer" puppies, such as labradoodles, are key to this business, she added. The breed in highest demand here is the jack russell terrier.
The prime motivation is profit and, sometimes, dogs are mass-bred in substandard conditions, with little regard for the animals' well-being.
The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority said that all dog farms here are licensed. There are a total of 10 farms, of which six are approved for breeding animals.
A dog breeder was jailed in July for abusing six dogs at a kennel he rented at Pasir Ris Farmway 2 in August last year, in the first case here of a dog breeder taken to court. He served a six-week jail sentence.
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