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Episode 221 - Stop importing puppies and dogs who found romance for their human


Released Sat July 25, 2020
Length: 0:46:39
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Petition to ban the exploitative importing of dogs into the UK

The heartbreaking case of the Pomeranian puppy imported into the UK by Molly Mae and Tommy Fury who died days later, touched the heart of dog lover Lucy Parkinson. Lucy started a petition and was amazed at the attention and support it attracted. Now the petition is on the way to 100,000 signatures at which point it will be considered for debate in the UK parliament.

As the petition says, "Plenty of dogs from UK breeders & rescues need homes. Transporting young pups long distances is often stressful, before being sold for ridiculous prices to unsuspecting dog-lovers. Government must adjust current laws, ban this unethical activity on welfare grounds & protect these poor animals ASAP."

You can sign the petition here. And to support the social media campaign use the hash tag #BanPuppyImports You can find Lucy on Twitter here.

This is a legal route to market, and there's so much talk about the illegal puppy trade but there's very little talk about the legal puppy trade, and remember puppy farmers are on the whole legal. This route to market is legal.
 - Marc Abraham

Roxy played Cupid

Cath Jenkin's dog, Roxy, helped her find her partner. We all know dogs can change lives, and in this candid, humorous interview Cath reveals how her Border Collie enhanced her life - and her love life.

I like to believe that Roxy brought me home - she didn't just bring me home, she came to find me!
 - Cath Jenkin

You can find out more about Cath at her website and on Twitter.

DogCast Radio News

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