Thousands Join PETA in Opposing Bunyip Puppy Farm

The Public Agrees: Cardinia Shire Council Should Block Proposal for Puppy-Breeding Facility

Bunyip – Just 24 hours before the deadline for public submissions, residents of Cardinia Shire and compassionate Australians nationwide have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in expressing concerns about plans for a Staffordshire bull terrier–breeding facility in Bunyip submitted to Cardinia Shire Council.

If approved, up to 30 female Staffies will be forced to have litter after litter of puppies, only for their beloved babies to be taken away within a few weeks to be sold, further lowering adoption chances for the millions of animals languishing in shelters.

A PETA petition opposing the move has already garnered over 3,300 signatures from people urging the council to reject the plans on the grounds of animal welfare concerns. In the petition, PETA points out that in Australia, more than 200,000 healthy dogs and cats are euthanised each year simply because there aren’t enough good homes for them, while breeders such as this one continue to breed and sell puppies for profit.

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“Thousands of compassionate people have already spoken, and Cardinia Shire Council should heed their concerns for animal welfare,” says PETA Senior Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “Building a commercial puppy-breeding facility at a time when Australians are increasingly choosing to adopt animals in need of a loving home from shelters – where Staffies are the most common breed – isn’t a smart long-term investment for Cardinia Shire or the state as a whole. Compassion and logic must prevail, and we’re urging everyone who cares about animals to sign this petition today.”

Victoria has been increasingly bolstering regulations for puppy farms and the breeding of companion animals in line with public opinion. Under new laws introduced in 2017, in effect since April 2020, it’s illegal for operations to have more than 10 breeding female dogs unless they classify as commercial breeders and have ministerial approval, in which case they’re allowed to have a maximum of 50 breeding females. These new laws followed a spate of investigations that uncovered horrific conditions at intensive puppy-breeding operations in the state.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.

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