Panorama’s ‘Britain’s Puppy Dealers Exposed’ Shows Why You Should NEVER Buy a Puppy

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BBC Panorama’s “Britain’s Puppy Dealers Exposed” caused an uproar last night, as it offered an eye-opening glimpse into the life of dogs on puppy farms.

The demand for certain breeds has given rise to the breeding of puppies for sale online through websites like Gumtree. Footage on the programme showed hundreds of dogs in dark, dingy barns, confined to barren pens with little or no bedding. On one farm, animals who had just given birth were kept in tiny wooden crates with little ventilation and no space away from their puppies.

Whilst much of the abuse documented in the BBC’s undercover footage appears to reveal unacceptable cruelty to animals, these breeding facilities are actually legal. One puppy farmer exposed on the programme had even registered puppies with the Kennel Club and exhibited dogs at the infamous dog show Crufts. These shocking revelations show how there is really no way of assuring that a puppy bought from a breeder or pet store hasn’t come from a world of abuse, no matter what assurances a “dealer” may offer.

The hashtag #puppydealers started trending as viewers expressed their outrage at the legal puppy farms operating so close to home. Some even began questioning where their own beloved companion animals may have come from:

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The only way to avoid contributing to this sickening moneymaking industry is to refuse to treat animals as if they were property to be bought and sold. Millions of animals are currently in animal shelters awaiting good homes whilst puppies continue to be bred.

If you have room in your life for a dog, please don’t contribute to this cruel trade. Any puppy who is purchased to be “rescued” from these farms will only be replaced with several more, so always adopt from your local shelter and give an animal in need the chance to have a loving home.

If you missed the programme, it’s available online now. Find out more about why buying a puppy is NEVER a good idea:

Comments

  • Hugh MacInnes commented on May 17, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    This is terrible these places should be closed down immediately.

  • patricia commented on May 17, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    bloody disgraceful theses poor dogs ,just keeps on going on council give them liecences why do let them get away with it x

  • Maria Ruviño commented on May 17, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Shoulde be stopped

  • Elaine Armstrong commented on May 17, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    We must get this disgusting sadistic trade stopped!! Please please don’t line these cruel evil, people’s pockets, don’t buy from them! Do your research! Get proper advise! Adopt!

  • Dianne commented on May 17, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    The public are at fault here too. So long as people treat animals as a fashion accessory rather than a serious long-term commitment, the puppy farmers will stay in business and the rescue centres will be full. People need to be educated and this programme goes some way to addressing the issue.

    • Iona commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Well said. Anyone seeking a companion animal should adopt from their local rescue centre. No where else.

    • Helen commented on May 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Absolutely! Adopt don’t be stupid shopper.

  • April Ratcliff commented on May 18, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    This is horrific and MUST be stopped!!!

  • Warren Hearnden commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Put these unspeakable people in the same cages they imprison the dogs in.
    And while you’re at it. confiscate all their money as well- that will really hurt them…..

  • Peter Tucker commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Agree with the previous comment: the public are hugely to blame here for treating dogs as fashion accessories, thereby hugely increasing the demand for particular breeds. You see it all around here in my home town of Edinburgh: particulary young adults and couples with ther miniature dachhunds, pugs, chihuahuas etc. Dogs that were scarcely seen here a decade ago are now the latest cafe accessory. It’s great that PETA continue to expose the despicable puppy trade and I do hope that those who regards dogs as an lifestyle accessory will take note, act responsibly and go to an adoption centre next time they think about taking on a dog.

    • Catherine Williams commented on June 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

      WELL SAID , THE STUPID SO CALLED (CELEBRITY ) CULTURE IS MUCH TO BLAME FOR HANDBAG AND TEACUP DOGS .IT’S A DISGRACE THE WAY THESE EGOTISTICAL IDIOTS TREAT ANIMALS LIKE FASHION ACCESSORIES!!! IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DRESS ANIMALS IN CLOTHES, DYE THEM DIFFERENT COLOURS, CARRY THEM IN HANDBAG STYLE HARNESS OR PUSH THEM IN BUGGIES ! THE ONLY REASON AN ANIMAL SHOULD WEAR A COAT OR BE TAKEN OUT IN ANY WHEELED APPLIANCE IS IF IT HAS A THIN COAT SUCH AS GREY HOUNDS OR FOR MEDICAL REASONS AUTHORISED BY A VET.

  • dawn stephenson commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    What a world this is, greed for money being put way before the lives of innocent animals. I really hope that hell exists and these terrible people are headed there.

  • JL commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    regulation is inadequate as population stupid and irresponsible

    • Helen commented on May 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • JL commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Government funded local authorities corrupted by money, power and greed? Who knew?

  • Elaine White commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    This has been going on ever since I can remember there is too much money involved and after all that’s what this world is all about .I strongly feel Crufts is definitely the instigator after all a dog is a family pet regardless off what breed it is

  • Eva Pentland commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Horrified, disgusted, saddened yet pleased it was finally exposed.

  • Susan Lethbridge commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    It is disgusting the conditions that these poor dogs are being expected to survive in, they are not living they are existing. No life at all for man’s best friend. These despicable people are in it just for the money and don’t have any respect at all for these beautiful dogs. The premises should be shut down immediately. How on earth did they manage to get a licence. We’re the people in authority given backhanders perhaps?

  • Rita Zago commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Why people buy a puppy from a breeder I’ll never know, especially if one cannot see the puppy’s parents. It’s insane.

  • Sara king commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Do your moral duty and put a stop to such cruelty which is purely for financial gain…

  • Patricia Wicker commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    This must be STOPPED!! Close them All DOWN!!!

  • Adair Leonard commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Poor innocent puppies! Puppy farmers have no compassion for them. It’s heartbreaking!

  • maryann laukaitis commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    shut these places down

  • Ian McDougall commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    I wonder how these awful places manage to keep their licences etc.? I fear it must involve money changing hands.!

  • Zoey Jakubiszyn commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    One question Why oh why are puppy farms not totally banned? This is the root of everything and why there are so many stray animals in shelters. Every country needs to ban puppy farms once and for all. Only licensed breeders who are regularly inspected should be able to breed puppies but there are millions in sanctuarys that need homes.

  • catherine commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    These reports are sickening. I would never get a puppy from a puppy farm. Only when people stop buying from puppy farms will they cease to exist. While there is demand these evil cruel puppy farmers will continue to have a trade.

  • Taha Haq commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Sickening. Babies being kept in cages and denied any love

  • Amarjit commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Disgusting

  • Gillian Hawley commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    I had to watch Panorama about the puppy mills,although I knew it would make me cry.
    Please dont buy a puppy from these horrible places,starve them of trade and they will have to close down.Do your research when looking for a puppy,know where it has come from,and better still get one from a rescue home,hundreds are waiting to be adopted ,give them a second chance at a happy life and stop the puppy mills making money from such cruelty.

  • Dubuffet commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    STOP

  • Nicky commented on May 20, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    So many people are working so hard to get this abhorrent practice abolished. Rescue centres are overflowing with ex-puppy farm dogs and puppies. This factory farming and trafficking trade is vile and is happening everywhere. Public: please wake up. Together we can and must stop this depravity. We owe it to all our canine friends.

  • Catherine Williams commented on May 20, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    THIS SITUATION WILL NEVER CHANGE, AS LONG AS THERE ARE SELFISH, ARROGANT PEOPLE TREATING ANIMALS LIKE FASHION ACCESSORIES AND STATUS SYMBOLS!!! WE MUST DEMAND A LAW TO PROTECT ALL ANIMALS!!! I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SHOWS SUCH AS CRUFTS AND THE EQUIVALENT CAT SHOWS BANNED!!! THE KENNEL CLUB IS AN ARROGANT ,SNOBBISH ORGANISATION ALL ABOUT IMAGE! NO TRUE ANIMAL LOVER WOULD BE OBSESSED ABOUT THE APPEARANCE OF THEIR PET,THE COUNTRY IS FULL OF RESCUES OVERFLOWING WITH UNWANTED PETS ,YET OUR USELESS LAWS ALLOW GREEDY PEOPLE TO BREED MORE AND EVEN IMPORT THEM FROM FOREIGN PUPPY FARMS!!! IT MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!! IT HAS TO STOP!!!

    • KAREN PEREIRGA commented on June 6, 2016 at 11:25 am

      I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU. “PEOPLE” PROFESS TO LOVE DOGS CARRYING AROUND THEIR TINY LITTLE PUGS ETC WHILST THOUSANDS OF ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL DOGS ARE ABANDONED ON THE STREETS ESPECIALLY WHERE I LIVE IN PORTUGAL. JUST REMEMBER TOO A LOT OF THESE PEDIGREE DOGS ARE ALSO ABANDONED. I HAVE SEEN LABRADORS, POINBTERS, POODLES, TWO ST BERNARDS …IT IS JUST INCREDIBLE THAT DOGS ARE THROWN OUT OF CARS , LEFT ON WASTE GROUND ETC. THE WHOLE BUSINESS SICKENS AND ANGERS ME.

  • Julie Quanbrough commented on May 20, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This is heartbreaking. It should be illegal throughout. My dogs are my family and well cared for. So sad for these poor dogs. Almost as bad as the meat trade in China.

    • Jill commented on May 25, 2016 at 11:55 am

      You are so right, having seen many of these poor little dogs over 30 years the conditions of these puppy farms has never improved, these so called humans always find a way around the law…..ban them forever.

  • Irene Jones commented on May 20, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    just wondering what will happen now to these farms, will they be shut down we never know what happens after the show

  • louis gauci commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    We should not only comment on this cruel business but we need to contact authorities even MPs to act immediately and take action to ban this trade of these helpless animals.

  • P. Ellison commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    So cruel cruel cruel

  • Susan Tame commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Probably thick brown envelopes passed x around for that disgusting Irish family to have kept there puppy farm going with the authorities obliging

  • I. Gill commented on May 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    This should have been stopped long ago, absolutely disgusting!

  • Brenda commented on May 20, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Closee such places down. We do not need them.

  • Robert Elliott commented on May 20, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    If there were no demand there would be no supply just as the Sun ‘newspaper’ only exist because the public are stupid enough to buy it. As yet there is no law against ‘stupid’ so the animals will continue to pay.

  • Mavis Lloyd commented on May 20, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    We are supposed to be a country of animal lovers, this should be stopped NOW

  • Yvonne Amery commented on May 20, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    The people using animals like this are disgusting and don’t deserve the name of human.

  • Marni commented on May 20, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    We need to fight and fight until these heartless people are out of business and in jail for this cruelty. Thank you to the reporters who went in and probably cried on their way home from seeing such horror.

    • Helen commented on May 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      Absolutely! Such horrific sights for the reporters. They must be commended!

  • Ewa Perczak commented on May 20, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    terrible trade !! it must be stopped !!!

  • mariin price commented on May 21, 2016 at 12:03 am

    LEAVE ANIMAL TO LIVE IN PEACE…FREE FROM TORTURE, TERROR AND PAIN! MANKIND….YOU DISGUST ME!

  • Kara Barnes commented on May 21, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Adopt do not shop

  • karen commented on May 21, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I have always adopted from rescue centres but this time I am going to buy from a breeder. however I have done my research and the puppy I’m getting I have seen with its mum in a house at home. the breeder has both parents and they are theyre pets. I just want the experience of a young puppy just the once.
    do your research people.research research research AND most importantly find the breed or type of dog that’s right for you. ie if you cant walk far or very well don’t buy a breed that needs a lot of exercise. there are breeds out there that don’t. we are sticking to the type of dog we have always had. I like them they fit my lifestyle and they are right for me.

    • Catherine Williams commented on June 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      ANIMAL RESCUES HAVE YOUNG PUPS AS WELL AS ADULT DOGS,THERE IS NO NEED TO GO TO A BREEDER.

  • frank hambling commented on May 21, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Do not put money into the pockets of these evil money grabbing thugs.

  • Patricia Madi commented on May 21, 2016 at 7:34 am

    There is so many abandinedible animals in the world who need homes…puppy farms have joined right of ecistence, even more so if animals are raised in unfit cruel conditions….end puppy farms- pass a law against breeding

  • Patricia Madi commented on May 21, 2016 at 7:35 am

    There is so many abandoned animals in the world who need homes…puppy farms have no right of existence, even more so if animals are raised in unfit cruel conditions….end puppy farms- pass a law against breeding

  • Tracy commented on May 21, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I think puppy farms are discussing the way the mums and pups are treated and the stud breaks my heart that in this day n age it’s still happening

  • Rinske Anbeek commented on May 21, 2016 at 10:12 am

    This has to stop!

  • Stephen Ogilvy commented on May 21, 2016 at 10:14 am

    These animal breeding farms don’t belong in a humane society , Well-trained officers are needed to check thoroughly on precisely which of them, if any, deserve to have a a license

  • Carol Diack commented on May 21, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Absolutely disgusting. How can humans treat living beings like this?

  • david thomas commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:10 am

    The government and establishment and controlling interest which run this country have no concerns over abuse of none human animals ,they rely on public apathy ,self interest and human rights to do as they please with none human animals

  • Judith Day commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:28 am

    My local council in Wales won’t investigate any accusations of puppy farming; I have been trying for 3 years to get them and the RSPCA to visit a local ex-farm where a number of dogs are being kept in a barn surrounded by CCTV cameras. I have even informed the police, but they cannot visit without suspicion of a criminal offence.

  • Michelle Stout commented on May 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Many Human beings are still living in ignorance. when they one day wake up. They will be disgusted at themselves for these horrific acts. Your heart will be heavy indeed.

  • Adele commented on May 21, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Puppy farms should be closed down…. You have to question the people who give licences for this disgusting trade …..knowing that this is no life for a dog and the suffering and distress these poor creatures have to endure each day ! Greedy and selfish humans making money from these poor dogs! Buy a dog from a dog trust !

  • Sylvia Bowes commented on May 21, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Everything in this programme was truly shocking, vile & upsetting. Showing this despicable trade does inform the general public, who hopefully will research the background of any planned puppy purchase, but it does nothing to STOP these greedy, uncaring dog breeders. WHY?

  • karen temple-smith commented on May 21, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    how can they get away with this the regulations need to be changed so this becomes illegal.please stop this

  • Philippa commented on May 21, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    600,000 healthy dogs are put to sleep every year!!! Why because people want a puppy!! the latest stupid naed puppy a cockerpoo, a chug etc etc! Well wake up people these are MONGRELS!!!! Not a breed at all just a cross, but at stupid prices. £1000 REALLY, the pathetic public are to blame as well ADOPT and RESCUE. But if you have a dog it is a life long commitment, not just a whim. Be real everyone. And then there is gumtree and preloved. Where do all these “free t a good home” dogs go??? As bait for dog fighters.

  • David Cooke commented on May 21, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    On a practical note, please consider that when you see a puppy or dog in a rescue centre, you will see how he or she has grown to date, typically at least a few years. But when you buy one from a puppy farm (whether directly or through a dealer, however legal) you can only see an immature puppy. You will have very little clue as to how he or she may develop. So, apart from the important ethical arguments, there are powerful practical reasons for seeking your next dog from a rescue

  • Ama Alnahed commented on May 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Puppy mills must be closed

  • Joan Hodgson commented on May 21, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    I can’t understand this.What happened to the breeding of dog act? which states anyone breeding & selling a puppy is classed as commercial & must be licensed.Premises must be open for inspection by the local health & environment at any given time.If these puppy farms are licensed then the local councils are not doing their job & the onus falls on them.These are the people wo have the power to close these establishments down.

  • Linda Cameron commented on May 21, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    We have laws about everything, why not this? We are swamped with unwanted dogs already, so why are they permitted to breed in these appalling conditions, such a vast quantity of pups!!!
    These heartless crooks are quite deceitful, so its hard for the puppy buying public to detect these poor underage pups. The answer is no further breeding until the shelters are empty!!!!

  • Ruth commented on May 21, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I noted that these wicked dog abusers seem to be located mainly in the IRISH REPUBLIC ( not the uk) always has a cruel barbaric treatment of animals ie hares, greyhounds exported to china deaths, donkeys , badgers horses etc. Also northern Ireland , seemed to be the main culprits with help from 2 barbarians from scotland!. The rubbish unethical council in Ireland should shut this hell hole down!

  • Sylvia Zade-Routier commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Please Close all Puppy Mills, they should be banned. Enough of this cruelty to innocent animals. It’s cruel and shameful. It must stop.

  • E Haggerty commented on May 21, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Oh dear God that farm in Ireland needs to be closed those poor puppies & poor bitches please please do not buy puppies from puppie farms you must see the mum & puppies together if you can’t see both don’t buy goes & look else where

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on May 22, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Puppy mills are as barbaric as they come! How people get away with treating dogs and cats so cruelly is beyond anyone’s imagination!! Why can’t people see the 24/7 abuse that these poor animals endure and act to stop it permanently!! We must pray a lot for humane changes soon!

  • Jan Repp commented on May 22, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Has to be stopped.

  • Sue Campbell commented on May 22, 2016 at 10:57 am

    It’s an absolute disgrace, we humans have a lot to answer too. This place and any other resembling it should be closed down with immediate effect.
    All about money, where is kindness, compassion and decensey
    If the authorities don’t close these places down, they are as guilty as the breeders. How can they sleep ?

  • G Moore commented on May 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    For pity’s sake help them

  • Janet Stiles commented on May 22, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Stronger laws are needed to close down these “businesses” but first of all they have to be found. Programmes like Panorama do a lot to raise public awareness but can’t solve the historical and continuing evil of these places.
    If cases are reported by the public what action would be taken?

  • lindaboyce commented on May 22, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    great been exposed must get them all shut down please if anyone knows of these farms anywhere please help by informing so we can stop this bloodmoney practices shut down and exposed

  • zara commented on May 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Sickening! These people that inspect these premises should be made accountable.Council’s again,at tax payers expense !

  • Derek Buxton commented on May 23, 2016 at 9:50 am

    This should be stopped, I expect somebody in the Irish Government is being paid off.

    What kind of unfeeling people do this, if I had he power I would remove them from this Earth.

    SHAME ON THEM. I HOPE YOUR GOD IS WATCHING YOU

  • Donna Hopton commented on May 23, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Shame on the human race

  • Susan Taylor commented on May 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Congratulations Panarama,, it’s about time this appalling practice of animal abuse is going public. People are not aware of what goes on behind closed doors, this needs to be put out there in the public media, and stronger law enforcement taken
    The disgusting cruel life the brood bitches live, locked away in horrendous conditions, giving birth to litter after litter of pups, until they can produce no more, then disposed of, God knows how, I dread to think. People need to be made aware only to buy a pup from a reputable and registered breeder.

  • Christine Kearney commented on May 23, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Just one word “disgusting” have not got the words!

  • Lynn Campisano commented on May 23, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Stop the puppy mills!!!

  • Emma Brooks commented on May 23, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    These need to be closed down

  • Gwen commented on May 24, 2016 at 12:15 am

    There must be some legislation in Ireland that proclaims that these places are illegal – right? If so, why can’t the government shut them down, arrest the owners, and provide save haven for these poor puppies?

  • Sandra Amici commented on May 24, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Disgusting! These people should be thrown in jail so that they can experience their own lives in a cramped cage!!

  • Cat Karnis commented on May 24, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    What in the hell is wrong with all these inhuman people. I know there are other jobs out there besides treating animals cruelly. I agree with some of the posts that they should be put in a cage more like a jail cell. I am glad that the world is getting wind of all these scumbags.

  • Helen commented on May 25, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Disgusted beyond words! Can PETA help? The authorities need to be called to account here.

  • shelley commented on May 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    sickening disturbing unforgivable shut them all down, these people are sick

  • Gloria Hackwith commented on May 27, 2016 at 7:54 am

    How would these scumbags like being locked up with terrible conditions and treated like trash. The only trash I see are these people if you can call them that. This is abuse against all animals. Disgusting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • C Corbey commented on May 27, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    This is a evil trade and people who puts money before animals need to get harsh punishment

  • aroha commented on May 29, 2016 at 5:45 am

    why hasn’t anything been done about this..cant police take action and arrest the people abusing the animals..thats whats been don’t over here in new Zealand they get charged and locked away for a long period of time.and the animals are given to the spca to be given to better homes….this has to stop

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