Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson is backing a new campaign by leading animal welfare charity Battersea Dogs and Cats Home to urge prospective dog owners to think twice about how they buy a dog, in an attempt to crack down on the horrific practice of backstreet dog breeding.
Relentless breeding of dogs in dirty, squalid conditions takes place in neighbourhoods across the UK, so Battersea has launched a major campaign calling for a clampdown on the many undercover dog breeders that profit from the cruel treatment of these animals.
Mr Stephenson is joining the world famous charity in calling for a complete ban on the sale of puppies under eight weeks old and the introduction of a breeding licence requirement for any household producing two or more litters a year.
Attending the launch of the campaign in the Houses of Parliament, Mr Stephenson pledged his support to end backstreet breeding.
He said: “With backstreet breeding happening in neighbourhoods across the UK, it’s important we increase public awareness of this issue.
“Dogs used in backstreet breeding endure a miserable life, producing countless litters before being turfed out on to the street once they have served their purpose. This needs to end.”