For Immediate Release:
23 June 2020
The Public Agrees: Sunshine Coast Council Should Block Puppy Farm Proposal
Sunshine Coast – Just 24 hours before the deadline for public submissions, residents of the Sunshine Coast and compassionate Australians nationwide have joined People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in expressing grave concerns over plans for a dog-breeding facility in Landsborough, Queensland, submitted to Sunshine Coast Council.
If approved, the facility will house 60 dogs, who will be forced to have litter after litter of “designer” puppies, only for their beloved babies to be taken away within a few weeks to be sold, further lowering adoption chances for millions of animals languishing in shelters.
A PETA petition opposing the move has already garnered over 23,000 signatures from people urging the council to reject the plans on the grounds of animal welfare concerns. In the petition, PETA points out that breeding dogs for arbitrary physical traits at the expense of their health causes them to suffer from many genetic issues. Just recently, the applicant – Diamond Valley Kennels – was accused of selling puppies with painful genetic conditions, including patellar luxation and hip dysplasia.
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“Tens of thousands of compassionate people have already spoken, and Sunshine Coast Council should heed their concerns for animal welfare,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “Building a puppy farm 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 Sunshine Coast 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.”
Puppy farms also contribute to the homeless-animal crisis. Every puppy bred and sold by such facilities takes away a chance at a loving home from a dog in a shelter. It’s unconscionable 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 continue to churn out puppies for profit.
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.