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Dogs UK - licenced not slaughtered

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Dog rescue centres being swamped with unwanted, unhomeable staffy & staffy crosses whilst people are still breeding and selling puppies for hundreds of pounds? Up to 1/3 of the dogs in sanctuaries being killed, despite being healthy, because they cannot find homes, yet breeding continues apace. Staffies now the 'status' dog on the streets - used, abused and invariably chucked away once they've been totally screwed up. Dog licences could solve this problem if the Government is brave enough. But a blanket licence fee means responsible dog owners paying through the nose whilst a whole underground sub-culture of breeding and abuse goes on as a black market? I have a proposal: There should be two types of dog licence - £5 p.a. for any neutered dog, £500 p.a. for any dog capable of breeding. Make it a criminal offence to acquire a puppy from a non-licenced dog. Dogs with 'Breeding Licences' may be inspected at any time. Neutering costs are subsidised by the income from the licenses. When the rescue centres are no longer full of unwanted dogs, then the cost of the Breeding Licenses can be reduced. As practically any puppy sells for several hundred pounds bona fide breeders should not object. As puppies become scarcer their value will increase. There should be enough money raised to regulate puppy farms and other welfare issues. Are we a nation of dog-lovers? I really wonder sometimes. Please sign to ask our Government to consider this proposal.

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