I am not at all political so have no idea who my AM is... but I read further up the thread someone said they lived in Pentyrch and named that AM (was that you?).. seeing as I live in Gwaelod y Garth, I assume it is the same AM... but I can't for the life of me find that now! Also I saw the letter template and I can't find it now! Lol! Must have been a different thread!
Re: Welsh Assembly Draft Consultation on Dog Breed « Reply #11 on Feb 21, 2012, 5:46pm » Here is a template for you to use to send to your AM re the Draft Proposals.
You can send to your own AM and your regional ones. Please send it is important that we pressure our AM's as much as possible. Just copy and save, fill in name of AM and your name and address and send c/o the Senedd.
[TEMPLATE EMAIL FOR YOU TO USE]
Dear (Assembly Member)
I welcome the proposed introduction of new regulations in Wales for the licensing of dog breeders. There is a pressing need to improve welfare standards in dog breeding and to address the problem of ‘puppy farms’.
The proposed new regulations include many positive features. However, I am very concerned that they include a diluted recommendation for a minimum staff to breeding dog ratio of only 1 to 30. This is inadequate staff cover to provide full care for dogs, with respect to exercise, stimulation, socialisation of puppies or appropriate health care.
It is important to bear in mind that this ratio does not even include puppies, and assumes a standard 37 hour week, when dogs require 7 day-a-week care. Effectively, it would allow only 10 minutes care per dog per day at most.
The Task and Finish Group, set up by the Government to address regulation of dog breeding, has recommended a minimum staff to breeding dog ratio of 1 to 20. This group included representatives of the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) amongst others. This is a far more appropriate minimum and was included in the first draft of the regulations.
It appears that the change to 1 to 30 has occurred as a result of pressure from breeders, as there is no welfare rationale for it. Yet the reduced ratio will simply have the effect of facilitating the operation of large scale breeders, by reducing their costs at the expense of adequate care. Such a change will only serve to perpetuate the widespread operation of puppy farms in Wales.
Please lobby Mr John Griffiths, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, on my behalf, to ensure that a minimum ratio of 1 staff member to 20 breeding dogs is included in the final proposed regulations.
Have just heard from CARIAD that the conference has had to be cancelled due to number of delegates booking not enough to make it viable. This is a great shame as David and Linda have worked so hard organising the event
The video is live and running. Linda is living for SEVEN DAYS in conditions that breeding puppy farm dogs have to live in for the duration of their lives. Watch the video , Linda is making her point, please help by viewing on CARIAD site or facebook and share to your friends, the wider it goes the better. Linda you are a real hero
C.A.R.I.A.D. via 7 DAYS Event IMPORTANT NOTICE ... WHITEHALL thinks the British public DO NOT have a problem with puppies being sold in pet stores … The following post is taken from Puppy Alert.
**Southend West MP David Amess has questioned the Government over the type of animals on sale in pet shops. David Amess requested to know what guidance Ministers had issued over the sale of pets and whether any complaints had been made to Whitehall. David Heath the former Lib Dem Deputy leader of the House of Commons said NO-ONE had raised the issue and the sale of pets was already regulated under existing laws.**
We CAN get this amendment to existing legislation if MPs and Whitehall think the public want it. ... Please take a moment to write to your local Member of Parliament THIS WEEK, demanding they support a ban on the sale of puppies and dogs in pet shops. Send a copy of your letter to Whitehall.
Also, please sign our petition (our petition is also open to the rest of the world). Our petition will be delivered in person to Number 10 Downing Street in December, 2012.
CARIAD have organised a brainstorming meeting with the BVA to discuss puppy farming ( there are many animal welfare organisations attending ) Beverley Cuddy will be there and says her contact from ''You and Yours BBC Radio 4'' will be there and planning to do something on Mondays Show announcing a major new series investigating puppy farming and trafficing.
I apologise that I have not put up any info about CARIAD as of late but I can assure you that these dedicated people are constantly working for the cause. In such a short time they have gained fantastic support.
C.A.R.I.A.D have held their 1st meeting of 2013 and state their action plan for 2013 is greater than 2012. The team is now larger with new active supporters. See C A R I A D on facebook -- please''Like'' and their web site www.cariadcampaign.co.uk
Sue Davey is CARIAD local rep , see her on facebook