Puppy farms and kitten mills contribute to 90,000 euthanised dogs and cats a year in Australia alone. These helpless pups and their parents (the breeding animals) are kept in dirty squalid enclosures or cages, lacking the basic needs for their welfare and comfort such as healthy food, proper veterinary care, a warm bed or enrichment and toys.
Over the holiday season, companion animal sales skyrocket with a lot of Christmas purchases occurring on the internet to save time. Animal welfare campaigner Jeroen van Kernebeek, Country Director at FOUR PAWS Australia, says that consumers need to be very cautious when buying animals on online trading platforms. One of the major concerns is that you can’t see who you are buying from and how they treat the animals before you give them a loving home.
“Unfortunately, there are breeders who care more about the money than the welfare of the dogs and the online trade gives them a perfect platform to hide their poor practices. Sadly, the animals pay the price with severe health problems and accompanying grief and veterinary bills for the owners.”
“Purchasing animals from such breeders comes with many risks for the health of the puppy and the parent animals.” says Jeroen.
Jeroen has shared the top five things to be aware of if you are considering buying your new family addition online in the lead up to Christmas.
Think about it
Anyone considering adding an animal to the family should ask themselves if they are ready for the commitment. Being a guardian of an animal is a wonderful thing, but it takes a lot of work and responsibility, and is something that should be taken seriously. Make sure you have the space and the time to take care of your new animal friend, not just today or tomorrow, but for the long-term.
Animals should not be considered as Christmas gifts or as a novelty item, but with the care and consideration of this lifelong commitment. Christmas can be taxing enough without adding a stressed animal to the occasion.”
We strongly recommend Australians consider adoption from an animal welfare organisation first. When welcoming a new companion animal into your life, choosing to adopt an animal from a shelter or rescue group not only saves the life of that animal, but also positively contributes to the ongoing fight against animal overpopulation and homelessness.