On January 1, 2012, 2 new laws – the Welfare of Greyhounds Act and Dogs Breeding Establishments Act – were introduced in Ireland to control puppy farming (ie. puppy mills). For so long, Ireland was known as the Puppy Mill of Europe and after years of animal welfare activists fighting legislators, the legislators finally listened. These 2 new acts created new legislation specifically aimed at banning all puppy farms/mills.
With this new legislation, there are 3 key points: 1.) Veterinarians now have the right to inspect all breeding locations and immediately shut down any facility that does not meet the new strict standards of care and environmental conditions. 2.) Just as in shelters, all puppies are required to be microchipped so that history can be traced directly to the breeder. 3.) All breeders must be registered with their local authority.
Although this new legislation still allows commercial breeding, Continue reading