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Irish Eyes Are Smiling Over Puppy Mill Law

Written by PETA | January 5, 2012

If your dogs’ tails are wagging a little more today, maybe they’ve heard the news that Ireland has cracked down on puppy mills! (Note to U.S. legislators: What’s the holdup?)

The new Irish laws took effect on New Year’s Day, outlawing the horrific conditions—including cramped enclosures, filth, malnutrition, exposure, disease, and a lack of socialization and veterinary care—common to those nasty intensive dog-breeding operations. All puppies must be microchipped so that the breeder can be identified, and authorities can inspect and shut down any facility that fails to meet the standards set by the new regulations.

So if you see people sporting a “Kiss Me—I’m Irish” button on St. Patrick’s Day, feel free to take them up on it. But a much better way to pay tribute to the kind folks of the Emerald Isle is by speaking out against cruel and irresponsible breeding and the pet trade in your own corner of the world.

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  • gaffer says:

    it remains to be seen if this law is inforced and it wont make much difference to the shelter dogs. that is down to educating the owners who think its ok to just abandon any dog who doesnt act like a toy.

  • Irene Leggett says:

    I sincerely hope this becomes reality although I will keep an open mind. Ireland isn’t as ‘awesome’as it would make-believe, it has thousands and thousands of abandoned and abused horses and donkeys that are literally waiting to be slaughtered as there are not enough places for them to be kept,they ship baby calves to Europe to be kept as veal crates which is banned in the UK, they are noted for their cruel treatment of both racing horses and greyhounds especially when they are no good, get injured or don’t win races anymore. They are now thinking of exporting greyhounds to CHINA, and everyone knows what their fate will be, so lets wait until the law is passed and upheld before we give Ireland a pat on the back.

  • Liz says:

    Kees, where do you think those shelter dogs came from? This is a great law because there is nothing wrong with a legit breeder.

  • "T" says:

    Why can’t we implement a license needed to breed house pets? Over time it seems like we could get most pets fixed and that people would need house checks and a fee to have a breeding license with limits on it. This is SO frustrating. Also, no living creature should be given as a prize. Fairs still give goldfish and hermit crabs!!! AHHHH!

  • Carly says:

    Such great news!!! Australia still has a long way to go but our campaign for Oscars Law is being spread! Go Ireland!! This news has made my day and our rescue dog will get a special treat to celebrate tonight! : )

  • Margaret Lovick says:

    Bravo and Kudos to the people of Ireland who care about our creatures. I have many Irish friends and you bet I will kiss everyon eof them! :} Vicotry for our animals!

  • Butterflyist says:

    I’m so happy to hear this! Any new law that takes a step towards the protection of animals is a move forward, reflecting public thinking & awareness, which is esp needed in relation to the pet industry. Good on Ireland for taking this stand.

  • Butterflyist says:

    I’m so happy to hear this! Any new law that takes a step towards the protection of animals is a move forward, reflecting public thinking & awareness, which is esp needed in relation to the pet industry. Good on Ireland for taking this stand.

  • Kees says:

    Why breed and buy puppies when there are so many lovely stray dogs and dogs in a carecentre waiting for a new home!!!!

  • Brad says:

    Good for Ireland!!!!! Too bad the U.S. is so far behind (in everything)!!!!!

  • SUSANNA says:

    ALL PUPPY MILSS MUST CLOSE IN THE US.

  • lisa says:

    Lets hope they stick with their words dont quite believe it myself if you want a pitbull which is a banned breed here in the UK just go to Ireland and you can get one so have a very open mind on this one.

  • Scareifina WLD says:

    We suck, it’s ridicules that the US is so far behind on animal rights. Lets keep doing our best to have pride and show the world that Americans CAN!!!!

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