Ireland Bans Puppy Mills

Ireland, formerly known as the "puppy farm of Europe,” passes legislation to ban puppy mills.

Posted: January 29, 2012, 8 a.m, EDT

Two pieces of legislation that went into effect in January 2012 will ban puppy mills in Ireland.

According to, “The two laws – the Welfare of Greyhounds Act and the Dogs Breeding Establishments Act – have been approved to control dog breeding and force breeders to look after their animals properly.

Unlike bills that have failed here in the United States, these laws do not limit the number of dogs a breeder can have at one time. Instead, the laws ensure accountability for every animal’s well-being by requiring breeders to be registered and giving local vets the right to inspect any kennel they are suspicious of with the obligation to do so as part of their job.

In addition, every single puppy must be microchipped so that they can always be traced back to their original breeder, should problems arise.

Any dog breeding facility found to be non-compliant in terms of cleanliness and dog health based on the parameters set forth by the law will be immediately shutdown.


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toni   Baltimore, MD

2/2/2012 6:26:18 AM

Way to go Ireland !!!! The US next to follow your example. 4 million dogs per year are being euthanized due to not being adpoted in America. Disgraceful really !!!!

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carol   Johnstown, NY

1/30/2012 3:06:01 PM

lets hope the US will follow suit... What is wrong with someone that breeds and lets these poor dogs suffer until someone takes him or her home. Living in filth..... Carol in UPSTATE NY

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

1/29/2012 11:45:17 PM

This is great. I've been against limiting the amount of dogs per breeder. It's just so infeasible! Accountability is what matters. I hope to see this happening in the US too.

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