The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in Australia defines a puppy farm (also known as a puppy factory or puppy mill) is defined as “an intensive dog breeding facility that is operated under inadequate conditions that fail to meet the dogs’ behavioural, social and/or physiological needs”.
Puppy farms, the organization tells us, “are usually large-scale commercial operations, but inadequate conditions may also exist in small volume breeding establishments which may or may not be run for profit”.
Puppy farming is a huge animal welfare issue in Australia, with the main problems being extreme confinement, unhygienic living conditions, inadequate veterinary care and general care, inadequate and overcrowded housing conditions and frequent long-term health and/or behavioural problems in breeding dogs and puppies born in puppy farms.
Puppies from such farms may be sold over the internet, through newspaper ads, markets, carboot sales, pet shops or sometimes at the puppy farm itself. Puppy farms may also use a house as a “shop front” to sell the puppies from, so people don’t get to see the appalling conditions in which dogs are bred.
It is not known exactly how many puppy farms there are in Australia, as many of them operate in remote areas and are not known to the authorities, but the problem they present is growing.
This video shows the puppy farms’ operation and follows the puppies’ delivery to both private dog owners and to pet shops.
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