Are There Puppy Mills in Singapore
Can’t resist the cuteness of the puppies in pet-store windows? Be aware that the adorable fluffy little one probably came from a puppy mill. Sometimes known as puppy farm, a puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility where profit is placed above the well-being of the dogs. A well-kept secret of the pet-trade industry, it’s the standard practice for puppy mills to keep animals in crude, cramped and filthy conditions without socialization or proper veterinary care, according to PETA. To maximize profits, female dogs are bred over and over with little or no recovery time between litters. They are the breeding machines until the day they can no longer produce puppies – and are unlikely to make it out of the mill alive. Plus, the dogs from puppy mills usually susceptible to various health problems such as heart disease, kidney disease, epilepsy, eye problems and deafness.
Are there puppy mills in Singapore? According to Furflr, pet farms and puppy mills are usually situated in areas such as Pasir Ris Farmway, Kranji or Lim Chu Kang. They usually consist of a storefront, as well as a larger unseen section where breeding animals are kept. It has been reported that the dogs kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions while forced to mate and mass-produce puppies. Many of the dogs are unhealthy and deprived of proper medical attention, companionship, socialization and nutrition.
According to Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES), 38 % of pet shops and 83 % of the farms did not provide the most basic welfare for the animals. On 1 Jan 2017, SOSD Singapore posted a video that highlights the medical conditions of their rescued dogs. Those dogs were living in inhuman conditions under a former dog breeder, said the group.
To raise the awareness about the unethical practices of puppy mills in Singapore, the animal welfare groups launched “Stop the Cruelty in Puppy Mills” campaign. In July 2010, representatives from ACRES, Action for Singapore Dogs (ASD), Cat Welfare Society (CWS), House Rabbit Society of Singapore (HRSS) and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) met up with officials from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) to appeal for a strong stance against the unacceptable and unethical practices of puppy mills in and to present a joint proposal for raising the standards and conditions for dog breeding facilities in Singapore.
Signs That A Puppy Is From A Puppy Mill
Pet lovers are advised to choose where to get a puppy carefully. Puppies from puppy mills generally are not in good health and they may be lack of socialization. Here are some signs to help you to determine whether the puppy is from a puppy mill or not.
1.No visiting: If you are not allowed to meet the parents of the puppy or visit the kennel, you should be aware of it. Reputable breeder will allow or even encourage buyers to see the parents of the puppy and visit the kennel, so you can see and evaluate the health conditions of the parents as well as the conditions they live in.
2.Several breeds: If you find a breeder or a site offering more than three different breeds (or their mixes), it’s probably a puppy mill. Reputable breeders usually focus on one breed, or maybe two.
3.No Veterinary Record: Puppy mills don’t like to spend money as it deters from profit. You should ask the breeder whether the parents and the puppies are vaccinated or not. Get the information of the breeder’s veterinarian too, so you can get the veterinary record and see what kind of vaccinations the puppy has had.
What You Can Do To Help
The only way to end puppy mills is to end the demand. Adopt instead of purchasing a pet. The best way to find a furry companion is through a rescue group or an animal shelter.