Kemptown MP to call for end to puppy farming

Sarah Green September 3, 2014

Simon Kirby, Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, will call for an end to puppy farming during an upcoming Parliamentary debate.

Simon Kirby MP for Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven

Mr Kirby will be putting his further support behind the Pup Aid campaign to end the cruel practice of puppy farming in the UK.

Having previously called for a debate on puppy farming in Parliament, and having been a strong supporter of this campaign for some time now, Simon says he is delighted to have the opportunity to help draw greater attention to the campaign in Thursday’s debate.

Simon says puppy farming is a cruel and unnecessary business in which puppies are kept in horrific, overcrowded conditions, often riddled with disease, before being sold to unaware prospective dog owners.

Research has estimated that as many as one in three dog owners have unknowingly purchased a puppy from a puppy farm, either online, on social media, in pet shops or through free newspaper ads, all of which are outlets often used by puppy farmers.

Simon said: “I have long been a supporter of Mark Abraham’s Pup Aid campaign, as it raises awareness of puppy farming to the wider public and seeks to bring an end to this disgusting practice altogether.

“The statistics that show the number of people inadvertently purchasing a puppy from a puppy farm are shocking, and show that greater awareness of this practice is desperately needed. This is why I felt it important to call for a debate on the matter in Parliament earlier this year.”

Speaking about the upcoming debate, Simon said: “I look forward to having the opportunity to attend the debate this Thursday, and I will be sure to speak out against continued puppy farming.

“I hope that this debate will really push this campaign forward so that we can bring an end to puppy farming once and for all. I will continue to be a public supporter of Mark Abraham and the vital work that he does fighting for a better life for puppies across the country.”