Moonee Beach – After almost 12,000 residents of Coffs Harbour and other compassionate people joined PETA in objecting to plans for a dog-breeding facility in Moonee Beach, the applicant has withdrawn their proposal.
PETA launched a petition against the development earlier this year, garnering thousands of signatures from people urging the council to reject the plans over animal welfare concerns. Every puppy bred and sold by such facilities takes away a chance at a loving home for a dog in a shelter. Approximately 200,000 dogs enter Australia’s shelters and pounds every year, and around 44,000 of them are euthanised. There are – and will continue to be – far more dogs needing homes than there are homes for them – so breeding more isn’t just irresponsible, it’s deadly.
“We’re thrilled that this irresponsible operation will not be seeing the light of day,” says PETA Campaigns Advisor Mimi Bekhechi. “Up to 30 dogs have been saved from a miserable life of being treated as breeding machines, forced to have litter after litter of puppies only for their babies to be taken away from them and sold.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview – notes that puppy farms contribute to the homeless-animal crisis and urges all compassionate Australians looking to bring an animal into their homes to adopt, not shop.