Pledge for the Puppies

Isn’t it Time You Gave a Voice to the Voiceless? 

When you hear of the word illegal puppy farming you cringe. The torture that these innocent souls have to endure is heart wrenching and many activist groups, organisations, protestors and lobbyers are asserting their will to stop these exploitative farmers.

There are various rescue organisations, advocates and activists willing to lend a hand to their voiceless best friend, to help them out of the torturous conditions they have to suffer through. The dogs that these people are willing to fight for all have extremely similar ways to gain support in order to end puppy farming, and if researched appropriately, interestingly, those who are interested in helping the cause will find it easier to help than they had anticipated. Those who are wondering why it is so important to stop puppy farming, it is for two reasons, one of which affects you. The conditions these dogs experience are appalling and could make the strongest stomach turn, but it is also due to the unnoticed bills you are paying to support these filthy farmers and their habit. Per day, puppy farming is costing you over $1,500 in pro bono fees. Not only that, the RSPCA is contributing over $3,000 per day to support, house and feed these traumatised dogs. From all of this, you can see that puppy farming incurs large costs, and is horrific, causing long and bitter legal battles. To stop this, it is crucial for people to work together to stop puppy farming; and there are so many ways to do so.

Sources constantly address how important it is to pledge support for the cause, but, when approached for this article, were reluctant to give any information. Not one person was willing to give any personal advice on what the most effective form of support is, subsequently, all of this information was acquired online. So, if interested, definitely search for the different options out there, because there are constantly new opportunities arising to get involved.

The RSPCA is the most famous, reliable and honest pet rescue organisation in Australia and have made such a considerable difference to millions of animals nationwide. They have branched off into many different areas in order to reach a broader audience, and it has worked. As a pet rescue organisation, they have raised considerable funds and awareness for animal welfare issues through avenues such as their site www.closepuppyfactories.org, which is fast approaching 110,000 petitioners signatures.

The importance of the role of the RSPCA weighs heavily on its great influence. It is recognisable nationwide, and due to this, each state is able to create various different strategies that can be implemented no matter where you are.

Consider RSPCA Victoria’s ‘Pet Shop Challenge’. They are asking people to take the challenge to get pet shop owners to prove that they don’t support puppy farming. Armed with question like ‘where do you source your puppies from?’ and ‘Where are the breeder’s contact details?’, all that is required is to ask the owner questions in the hope they will be put on the spot, made to feel uncomfortable and reveal their deception.

If that is too out of your comfort zone, the organisation offers a multitude of simple ways to get involved and pledge your support. People are able to read discussion boards, join rallies, buy a puppy from a shelter as opposed to a breeder, register to receive campaign updates and speak up and make your mark by signing petitions, reporting and donating.

The RSPCA has also created an extremely informative website called ‘Where do Puppies Come From?’ The site not only provides information about puppy farming, the cruel acts the industry commits and what breeders to avoid, it offers various opportunities to get involved. In order for the public to become aware initially, the site has created and advertised Puppy Farm Awareness Day on September 19 in order to raise awareness, spread the word, and increase the understanding of puppy farming.

The site offers countless other chances to get involved. Social networking and online usage is a major element to their campaign, with them urging people to go online to their website, and to also go and ‘like’ and ‘share’ their Facebook page ‘Australia says no to puppy farming‘, which has over 28,500 likes. Also, for the more tech-savvy people, they recommend starting and running your own website. If this all seems too confusing, printing out puppy posters are just as effective.

The biggest contribution that can be made, however, is to stop puppy farming from profiting from their breeding. By adopting from a pet rescue group, boycotting pet stores, supporting pet free stores and ensuring you never buy from a puppy farm, support to farmers will end, and hopefully, so will puppy farming. Though this is the big picture, every little bit counts, and ‘Where do Puppies Come From?’ welcomes all donations as they never go astray.

Oscar’s Law has created a campaign, that works alongside the RSPCA and other humane and rescue groups to with the intention to “abolish puppy factories.” Similar to the RSPCA, Oscar’s Law is on social media, with their own Facebook and Twitter accounts to follow, share and leave opinions. This coincides with their website, where protestors and lobbyists areable to sign the online petition.Flyers are also available to be printed and initiative to gain signatures from the public is highly sought after.

A major differentiating factor of Oscar’s Law is the opportunity to become an ‘Oscar’s Law advocate’. Applications are now open for the two-day program (Oscars Law Advocate Program – OLAP) that equips trainees nationwide with tools, knowledge, and access to networks for them to use to raise awareness about factory farming practices and to promote animal welfare. With a focus on puppy farming, this is an amazing opportunity for people to get involved at the highest level.

Thus far, getting involved has required primarily one individuals time and energy, but, as PawsForAction believe, support should also be coming from local, state and national governments. Hence, the establishment of the Animal’s Bill was established. The site asserts that the Bill will “ban the sale of cats and dogs from shops and markets and regulate advertising sales,” and over the past five years has gained insurmountable support from numerous rescue groups – the RSPCA; Say No To Animals In Pet Shops; Animal Liberation; Voiceless and the Humane Society International, just to name a few.

In order to get involved with PawsForActions campaign, a different approach is taken. They suggest, in order to gain the greatest outcome, to engage with your local MP, either in person or via email. It is important to gain your MP’s support in order to push for stronger legislature, and by downloading letter templates, posters and pamphlets, this could persuade them.By asking your vet for support and reporting pet shop cruelty, further action could also become a great possibility.

Engaging with message boards are another way to broaden your knowledge, and while Pets Australia have limited avenues to petition against puppy farming, if you are very interested in fighting for justice, they welcome anyone to become a member of their site, to access their message boards and to discuss the issue online. Or for more information to get more information to contact (02) 8214 8653.

A fight for justice is what these animals need. Support individually, from the community and from various level of government can make a great difference, but these organisations, rescue groups and campaigns only a make up a small portion of the larger scale of pledging for change. If you are serious about making a change, do it! Saving the life of one dog will not go unrecognised, and can be as easy as donating $1 to the RSPCA or sending a quick email to your local MP asking for support. Be the loudest voice for these voiceless creatures. Speak up. Make a difference. Do your research and get to it!

References

http://www.rspcavic.org/documents/get-involved/Issues-Take-Action/Puppy%20Factories/RSPCAPuppyFarmDiscussionPaperJan2010.pdf

http://www.rspca.org.au

http://www.closepuppyfactories.org

http://rspcavic.org/issues-take-action/puppy-factories/

http://www.wheredopuppiescomefrom.com.au

http://www.wheredopuppiescomefrom.com.au/puppy-farm-awareness-day/

http://www.facebook.com/AustraliaSaysNoToPuppyFarms?ref=ts&fref=ts

http://www.oscarslaw.org/about.php

https://www.facebook.com/OscarsLawAUS?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://twitter.com/OscarsLaw

http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/oscarslaw

http://www.oscarslaw.org/act-now.php

http://www.pawsforaction.com/?page_id=239

http://petsaustralia.org/the-big-issues/puppy-farms/

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