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Ireland Bans Puppy Mills (Video)

Ireland Bans Puppy Mills (Video)

Ireland is called the Puppy Farm of Europe, but lawmakers hope that infamous reputation has come to an end as new legislation restricts commercial puppy mills throughout the country.

On New Year’s Day the Irish government got serious about protecting dogs with two new laws. They implemented the Dogs Breeding Establishments Act and the Welfare of Greyhounds Act.

The Dogs Breeding Establishments Act controls dog breeders and forces them to provide humane care under strict standards and regulations. Some of the regulations include: keeping dogs in clean housing that is not overcrowded, providing bedding, fresh food and water and exercising the dogs.

The law calls for local veterinarians to inspect all of the kennels and gives them the authority to shut down a facility where dogs are not being properly cared for.  Vets will also monitor that females have only one litter of puppies in a year.

All puppies must be micro-chipped so they can be traced back to a specific breeder in case of a problem and all breeders must be registered.

Harsh penalties will be imposed for anyone who doesn’t comply with the new laws.  Animal activists are pleased with the regulations and think it will stop unethical breeders in the country.

The Welfare of Greyhounds Act mandates higher welfare standards for the humane treatment of working greyhounds, breeding greyhounds and their offspring.

Both of these laws should make a happy difference in the lives of thousands of Ireland’s dogs.

Below is a non-graphic video filmed by Ban the Puppy Mills about the sad life on some puppy farms in Ireland, Wales and England.


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6:38AM PST on Nov 11, 2014

As welcome as this is, has Ireland banned greyhound racing yet? It was huge when I lived there.

6:56AM PST on Nov 4, 2014

Ireland should also stop killing healthy, adoptable animals in its shelters... like many other countries.

8:50PM PDT on Oct 27, 2014

Thank you Ireland!

6:08AM PDT on Oct 22, 2014

This is Excellent News.. A Huge Gold Star for Ireland..
I Live in Hope this Becomes a Blanket Worldwide..
Ireland, Britain, Europe, etc. etc.

Please God Make this Happen & Stop these Horrors from Happening to others..

6:06AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Thank you! Agree - ban puppy mills worldwide -- so many homeless dogs, so many being beaten in the street -- give them all homes, and get people's heads out of their butts

11:10AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Good for Ireland, come on the rest of the world, let's go 100% for closing down and ending puppy mills forever! Dogs give their hearts to us, the least we can do is protect them. Thank you, Ireland!

9:02AM PDT on May 11, 2013

This is SUCH great news! Wish more countries were this enlightened about the tortures of puppy mills. Thanks for sharing.

5:02AM PDT on May 11, 2013

There should be more countries following suit

3:35PM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

The United States should take this law and make it a federal offence if the law is not maintained. We need the same laws as Ireland when it comes to our puppy mills.The only thing that would be better is if we shut down all puppy mills! And the AKC can kiss my A**! We don't need ho,es for "pure breed" dogs, we just need homes for the homeless dogs no matter what kind they are. If we shut down the puppy mills, a lot more homeless animals would find homes!!

7:56AM PST on Feb 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

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