Video: Dogs Confined to Filthy Cages in Chinese Puppy Mills

For Immediate Release:

12 February 2018


Jennifer White +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 222; [email protected]


PETA Calls On Everyone to Adopt Animals From Shelters and Never Buy Them From Pet Shops

London – A new eyewitness investigation by PETA Asia has documented widespread suffering in puppy mills across China. The video footage, which comes just ahead of the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Dog, shows dogs and puppies confined to filthy cages barely larger than their own bodies. Dogs barked frantically and stuck their noses through the cage wires to try to escape from the build-up of their own waste. Many of them suffered from severe hip dysplasia and other painful conditions caused by inbreeding.

“Cruel puppy mills see dogs as nothing more than breeding machines,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “This Year of the Dog, PETA is calling on everyone to remember these imprisoned dogs’ cries and pledge never to buy an animal from a pet shop or a breeder.”

Puppy mills are not unique to China. Approximately 700,000 puppies are reportedly born in Britain each year, and one-third of them are thought to be bred by puppy farmers. In addition, as an investigation by the Dogs Trust recently found, puppies are being smuggled into the country in appalling conditions from unscrupulous European breeders. Government figures show that the number of illegally imported puppies stopped at UK borders has more than trebled over the past five years.

Puppy mills and pet shops fuel the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis by bringing even more animals into the world. Every time that someone buys a puppy from a pet shop, a lovable dog in an animal shelter or on the street loses a chance at finding a home. That’s why PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – urges everyone to adopt dogs from rescue centres and to have their animal companions spayed or neutered.

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