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Can large scale puppy farming ever be justified?

14 Nov 2019
BVA Congress

Demand for puppies shows no sign of abating and in the age of the ‘now culture’ people are turning to the internet to find puppies, often via irresponsible breeders or illegal importers. Some UK-based large-scale breeders are now asking what it would take for the animal welfare community to accept them and support what they are doing to meet this ever-increasing demand.

But could large-scale breeders ever fulfil the health and welfare needs of the puppies and their mothers? In this session we tackle this fundamental question from different perspectives exploring whether it could be done from a regulatory point of view, and whether it should be done from an ethical point of view.

  • To understand the regulatory issues around puppy farming and whether they could satisfy the ethical issues
Chairperson
Chris Laurence, Chair of Trustees - Animal Welfare Foundation
Speakers
Sean Wensley, Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Communication and Education) - PDSA
Rob Quest, Assistant Director - City of London Corporation

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