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 Irishcentral.com, “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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