The Public Agrees: Council Should Block Proposal for Puppy-Breeding Facility
Boonah – More than 3,800 residents of the Scenic Rim and compassionate Australians nationwide have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in expressing concerns about plans for a dog-breeding facility in Mount Walker.
If approved, up to 50 dogs will be forced to have litter after litter of puppies, only for them to be taken away at as young as 8 weeks of age to be sold, further lowering adoption chances for the many animals in shelters and foster care.
A PETA petition opposing the move has garnered over 3,800 signatures from people urging Scenic Rim Regional Council to reject the plans because of noise and community and animal welfare concerns. In the petition, PETA points out that approximately 200,000 dogs enter Australian shelters every year while breeders such as this one continue to sell puppies for profit.
“Thousands of compassionate people have already spoken, and Scenic Rim Regional Council should heed their concerns,” 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 isn’t a smart long-term investment for the Scenic Rim or Queensland as a whole. Compassion and logic must prevail, and we’re urging everyone who cares about animals to join us in opposing this puppy mill.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.