C.A.R.I.A.D. BEGINS FOSTER FIRST PACK ROLLOUT TO RESCUES

The C.A.R.I.A.D. team had a very busy and productive weekend putting together the first batch of Foster First leaflets and poster packs for smaller rescues to help them attract more fosterers in their local communities. Even little Alice bichon lent a paw to help her fur friends!

Foster First was launched just before Christmas last year and thanks to the exceptional dedication and compassion of Ana Cossart, our Foster First Co-Ordinator, and the overwhelmingly positive response from smaller rescues across the UK who are already involved in this initiative, there are dogs, cats, rabbits and other homeless animals beginning their journeys to happier new lives.

Our spotlight on fostering as a lifeline for rescue pets initially came about in preparation for the greater numbers of puppy farm breeding dogs being surrendered as a result of Lucy’s Law. We know from personal experience that in order to start the rehabilitation process, these special dogs need to be in a home environment, normally with a calm resident dog, so that they can start learning how to be dogs and living the lives that should always have been theirs.

But of course, this is only one aspect of the vital work fostering animals fulfills. From companionship for the elderly who are increasingly isolated, to helping provide a safe haven for animals so that human victims of domestic abuse can flee to safety, to freeing up valuable kennel space for a pound dog that may otherwise be euthanised, fosterers are amazing people and the small rescue world would collapse without them.

And there’s another key reason for Foster First. We want to encourage potential first-time puppy purchasers to stop and think before they leap into a purchase they may regret. To give first timers a taste of what having a dog in your life really means, how it affects your daily life, your routine, your environment and your finances – we are urging anyone who thinks they want to buy a puppy to foster a dog or puppy first – before making that huge, life-changing commitment. With one in ten pups being surrendered to rescues within a month of being purchased, we are committed to doing whatever we can to get people to stop and take a breath before taking home the ‘dream’ and then using local rescues as recycling depots when they decide their cute fluffball is a noisy, destructive, pooing, weeing nightmare – or whatever excuse they decide to come up with in order to ‘get rid’ of their costly mistake fast.

Yes, there is still a great deal of work to do in order for Care And Respect to Include All Dogs. But this is our name and this remains our aim. For nearly ten years we have been working tirelessly to bring about an end to the suffering caused by the exploitation of dogs and puppies through puppy farming. And we will continue to do so. But our work has always included a focus on adoption and supporting the work of small local rescues wherever we can as well. In creating Foster First our aim is to provide a resource for rescues to use to help them in their own vital work.

With the majority of our work carried out behind the scenes it’s great to be able to share one of the highly visible ways your donations are helping us to make a tangible difference to our animal friends. We have other initiatives in the pipeline which will come to fruition if, or when we have enough funds.

We’re so very grateful to the small number of supporters who have set up monthly direct debits, and to those groups and individuals who donate to us from their amazing fundraisers. This is what makes it possible for us to plan campaigns and make them a reality. We do all of our creative work and design in-house which means there are no costs involved there, but printing, packaging and postage for campaigns like Foster First are costly. So, if you’d like to support an organisation that always puts the real needs of dogs first, and you like what we’ve done over the years, please help us do even more by setting up a monthly direct debit now, or by making a one off donation. We promise that with your help we will continue to make a difference

www.cariadcampaign.co.uk/donate/

 

Peter Egan

AMAZING NEWS! PETER EGAN HAS BECOME PATRON OF C.A.R.I.A.D.

Care And Respect Includes All Dogs (C.A.R.I.A.D.) is proud to announce that the brilliant actor and passionate animal advocate, Peter Egan, has agreed to become Patron of the organisation.

The much-loved and respected actor is passionate about rescue dogs and has five adopted dogs as part of his family. Of his new role with C.A.R.I.A.D. he said: “I have admired and supported the great work C.A.R.I.A.D. have been doing for many years now, so I am both proud and thrilled, in equal measure, to become their Patron.”

C.A.R.I.A.D. Founder Linda Goodman said, “We are honoured and thrilled that Peter has agreed to be our Patron. It is an amazing start to what we hope will be another extraordinary year of progress for the Lucy’s Law campaign with Wales launching its consultation on 22nd February. We have many ambitious plans for this year as part of our solutions-based approach to dog welfare issues and this is a huge boost for the morale of our small team. Peter has always been an active supporter of our work over the years and an incredible friend. His compassion for all animals is an inspiration to us and to millions around the world. He is a national treasure.”

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we move into a new year with new challenges ahead, we want to thank you all for your support throughout 2018. To those of you who have and continue to support our work through donations and fundraising, we are so incredibly grateful to you for believing in us.

2018 has been an extraordinary year – a year where our actions have seen genuine results – from providing evidence that has resulted in raids on unscrupulous breeding establishments, and exposing dealers trading in misery, to contributing to documentaries and TV programmes and helping journalists expose puppy farming and puppy dealing like never before. We’ve rallied, protested, exposed, educated, petitioned, campaigned and lobbied our hearts out and will continue to do so for as long as it takes to rid the UK of those who exploit, neglect and abuse dogs and puppies.

We’ve had the enormous pleasure of working with some absolutely amazing animal champions who are also committed to actually putting dogs at the centre of the expression ‘dog welfare’. The incredible Marc Abraham, Julia Carr, Lisa Garner, Sarah Clover, Peter Egan, Beverley Cuddy, Andrew Penman, the Boycott Dogs4Us crew, the Linton Pet Shop Protesters, Eileen Jones, Leigh-Catherine Salway, Dr Lisa Cameron, Eluned Morgan AM, Vikki Howells AM, Kirsty Keenan, Andrew R.T. Davis AM, Cllr Maureen Webber and so many more. We thank each of you so much for your passion, dedication and hard work to help make our world a better, happier and more compassionate place for dogs, cats and other companion animals.

Being part of the Lucy’s Law team is an honour and a privilege – in the same way that we believe having the love, loyalty and companionship of a dog is an honour and a privilege.

Sadly not everyone who has a dog, or buys a puppy, appreciates this yet. And it’s up to all of us as true animal lovers, to remain vigilant and active for our animal friends and never imagine that ‘someone else’ will do something about a situation where an animal is suffering. We all have the power to make a difference, to save lives and prevent suffering.

There is still a lot of work for C.A.R.I.A.D. to do and there are still many who will do whatever they can to oppose our aims in order to protect their financial interests. We’ve learned never to underestimate the lengths some people will go to. But over the last 8 years we’ve also grown as individuals and as campaigners and we are no longer as naïve as perhaps we once were when it comes to knowing who we can trust to genuinely have the best interests of animals at heart.

2019 will see more campaigning, educating, lobbying, events and no doubt more exposing of those who continue to consider animals as commodities and not sentient beings. But we are more than up for this challenge. And we have more initiatives to bring to the table in an attempt to find solutions to problems, not band aids that maintain the status quo. Our first big initiative, Foster First is gaining momentum by the day and we’re thrilled to say that people are coming forward to become fosterers and more rescue and rehoming organisations are getting involved every day – not just for dogs, but also cats, rabbits and even ex-battery farmed chickens and other animals. And we want to say a special thank you to Ana Cossart Hall for not only embracing #FosterFirst and running with it so brilliantly and with such enthusiasm, but for being such an amazing fosterer herself.

We’re also thrilled to announce the launch of a new Group called Friends of C.A.R.I.A.D. Campaign and a huge thank you goes to Jackie Bartholomew for volunteering to help us co-ordinate fundraising for our work with likeminded dog lovers. Please do get involved if you think you can help out.

Finally, we want to take a moment to remember three very special women who were friends and fellow campaigners and who were tragically taken from us all too soon this year. Each has left an enormous hole in the world of animal welfare. They contributed so much, cared so passionately and truly had hearts of gold. They are and will continue to be missed beyond words. We will never forget you Sue Rouhan, Fiona Scourfield and our very own #TeamLucy colleague, Philippa Robinson.

We wish everyone and their animal friends a happy, safe and peaceful 2019.

With love from Linda and Sue xx

GUMTREE

GUMTREE INTRODUCES COMPULSORY PAYWALL IN PETS CATEGORY

Transparency and traceability have always been an enormous obstacle in the online pet classified environment because both lead to accountability, the lack of which is something the unscrupulous pet selling trade have literally made a killing on for many years.

GUMTREE

https://www.petgazette.biz/20599-gumtree-introduces-measures-to-clamp-down-on-illegal-pet-trade-and-improve-animal-welfare/

The announcement by Gumtree to introduce a nominal fee for advertising pets online represents a step forward. Whilst the selling of any animal as a commodity is not something we can ever feel comfortable with, the reality is that it is not about to disappear overnight. And as we have also said for a very long time, as welcome as the PAAG standards and guidelines are, they have not prevented unscrupulous traders to operate.

The end of the free listings of pets for sale on Gumtree means that those who do use this medium will no longer be able to disappear without trace once they’ve made a sale. They will now have to pay for their advertisements which will require a method that requires a bank account, which in turn requires an address. This will serve to improve public protection against unscrupulous sellers and aid the authorities and other organisations in tracing offenders.

Along with other proposed measures yet to be announced, this is another step in the right direction to help combat not only puppy farming and the puppy trade, but the appalling and merciless trade in exotic animals.

Eliminating free classified advertising for pets via a nominal payment system is something that we have recommended on many occasions over the years, so we are relieved that Gumtree have changed their policy with immediate effect.

Gumtree have set a benchmark for the classified industry, and it is now incumbent on all classified advertisers, whether online or offline, that allow pets to be advertised for sale, to follow suit without delay – including social media platforms such as Facebook.

Auction Teaser

C.A.R.I.A.D. LITTLE GEMS AUCTION

We’re really excited to be holding our first ever fundraising auction which we hope will help fund some of the ambitious projects we have coming up for the dogs.

Auction Teaser

Dogs are incredibly precious and it’s rare for us to show you something totally upbeat. But our auction is sure to make you smile because it’s an auction of beautiful, dazzling jewellery! So, we’ve called it our Little Gems Auction because it’s all about raising money to help all those precious little gems out there who need us.

The auction is now LIVE, visit the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/Cariad-Little-Gems-Auction-Page-476596949478299/

There are items to suit all budgets and all occasions including precious genuine gemstones set in precious metals. Perfect for treating yourself, giving as gifts for family and friends, or stocking up early for Christmas.

HAPPY BIDDING!

C.A.R.I.A.D. Crunch Time

C.A.R.I.A.D. CRUNCH TIME

C.A.R.I.A.D. Crunch Time

To all our wonderful friends and supporters, we have a confession to make.

Because we have spent all our time investigating breeders and sellers of sick puppies, supporting and assisting families left devastated by unscrupulous puppy traders, obtaining evidence to provide to local authorities and the RSPCA which has led to raids and in some cases prosecutions, negotiating the safe release of unwanted breeding dogs to rescues, working with documentary makers and the press to expose the barbaric puppy trade and keep the plight of puppy farm breeding dogs front and centre so that the focus isn’t always just on puppies, and of course lobbying for legislative change, we have had no time to do any fundraising for our work or even look for sponsors. In fact, to be honest, we’ve been so 100% focused on our work for the dogs, that the urgency of our need to fundraise didn’t hit us until last week.

What began as a small campaign around a kitchen table in our spare time eight years ago, quickly required full-time commitment by us, seven days a week. And although we are still small in terms of people, we hope you will agree that we have made a big impact with our initiatives over the years.

Ironically about 90% of what we do continues to be covert and behind the scenes – work we can’t share publicly. But we are and have always been happy to be the quiet achievers because taking credit isn’t what we’re about. We’re about developing solutions and getting results for dogs.

However, as we enter a new era in the fight to end puppy farming, we still have an enormous amount of work to do for the breeding dogs and their puppies. And now we need your help to keep going for them, and to keep being the voice of our exploited, abused neglected canine friends.

It is out of character for us to ask for financial support, but as we are now on our knees we need your help to keep going for the dogs that need us. Whatever you feel able to donate, it will be appreciated beyond any words we would write here.

Thank you so much.

https://cariadcampaign.co.uk/cariad/donate/

Cariad Campaign - Lucys Law

LUCY’S LAW WALES EVENT AT THE SENEDD

On Wednesday, 11th July 2018 C.A.R.I.A.D. held a Lucy’s Law Wales event at The Senedd. The event was kindly sponsored by Eluned Morgan AM and co-sponsored by Vikki Howells AM.

Lucy’s Law was launched on 6th December 2017 at a reception hosted by vet and campaigner, Marc Abraham, founder of Pup Aid, and supported by APDAWG, the All Party Parliamentary Group for dog welfare, chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron MP. Lucy’s Law is being championed by the Daily Mirror, and has received significant attention and support, from MPs across all parties, from the press and in social media including greatly appreciated support from Dogs Today, Dogs Monthly and Our Dogs (read more …)

Here are some photographs from the Lucy’s Law Wales event, as well as The Mirror report courtesy of our friend and exceptional journalist, Andrew Penman. We are especially grateful to all the wonderful puppy farm survivors who came along with their human carers and especially to the amazing volunteers from Friends of the Animals Wales.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/wales-unites-behind-lucys-law-12898741

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The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm

NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK TO HELP FOUR ORGANISATIONS THAT HELP DOGS

We are so excited about the launch of The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm by author, Marie Stubbs. Why? Firstly, because it’s not only a great story for dog lovers of all ages, but an important story as well. And secondly because Marie has generously offered the proceeds of her book to help four organisations close to her heart.

The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm

As well as helping C.A.R.I.A.D. in our relentless fight against puppy farming, the book will also help The League Against Cruel Sports in their work to stop dog fighting, Vets Get Scanning with their campaign for mandatory scanning of microchips to reunite lost and stolen pets, and Muffinpug Rescue who rescue, rehabilitate and rehome pugs – so many of whom have been purchased on a whim and are then sadly discarded because of their health issues.

We are also incredibly grateful to wonderful animal champion, Peter Egan, for writing the foreword for this book. You can find out more about The Evil Secret of Chestnut Farm and how to buy a copy (which we really hope you will!) here: https://evilsecretofchestnutfarm.wordpress.com/

WHY LUCY’S LAW IS VITAL TO END PUPPY FARMING

The reason we are so adamant that the biggest impact on bringing the barbaric industry of puppy farming to an end is through banning the selling of puppies in pet shops and by other third parties such as puppy dealers, is really very simple.

Puppy farmers use third parties to sell their mass produced puppies. Why? Because it’s convenient. Because it saves time. Because it means they can’t always be traced as the birthplace of puppies if they become sick or die. And, most importantly, because they don’t want Joe and Jane Public setting foot on their land.

As was proven in this excellent article by The Mirror’s Andrew Penman [click here], the public currently have no access to the majority of puppy farms. Not because of their locations, but because these farmers use the excuse of ‘health and safety’ and ‘farm machinery’ to ensure there’s no public entry and therefore no public transparency of what really goes on behind barn and shed doors.

Let’s face it, the last thing puppy farmers want is year round public scrutiny when at the moment they only have to clean up their premises and move sick and dying breeding dogs to other farms for a once yearly local authority inspection. An inspection that we can prove is flawed to the point of being almost worthless.

Imagine if puppy farmers had to keep things ‘presentable’ every day of the year? Imagine if the public could see how the mothers of these internet and newspaper classified advertised pups were really being kept … what their physical and psychological state was like and stare into the eyes of these shut down and terrified dogs? People may still buy the odd puppy in the belief they were saving it, but they’d also immediately report their concerns about the mothers and littermates to the authorities and campaign groups.

And word travels fast. People talk about their experiences good and bad. All it takes is one horrified puppy buyer to see the truth and that establishment’s reputation is in trouble. With all that pressure on these breeding establishments two things would most likely happen. One is that it all becomes too hard to be a puppy farmer and they sell up and get out altogether. The other is that they improve their establishments and animal husbandry to such an extent that they cease to be classified as puppy farmers and become high welfare commercial breeders. The latter may be a stretch but hey, who knows?

Ah but wait. There’s another problem. At the moment these puppy farmers are selling puppies for a pittance … in some cases for as little as £80 each. For the lack of time and effort they put into raising these puppies, that’s still a pretty good profit. But the real winners here are the puppy dealers. They hold pet shop licences which allow them to buy in these puppies and then sell them on to other puppy dealers, pet shops or direct to the public. Now that same £80 puppy is being sold for around £300+. The longer the supply chain, the more the cost of that £80 puppy goes up until it reaches you the consumer. In a high street pet shop for example, that £80 puppy, which will have travelled hundreds of miles and changed hands several times may now cost you anything from £700 to over four figures.

And here’s the real kicker. The reason this is a problem is that it ensures puppy farmers can never afford to improve conditions sufficiently to make it possible for them to sell puppies directly to the public in the first place. So third party selling actually perpetuates the existence of an industry that everyone wants to see eradicated. (Well nearly everyone – plenty of criminals definitely want it to continue!)

How anyone can think this sort of puppy supply chain is good for either dogs or the public is astonishing. And yet, there are still those who think a ban on third party puppy selling isn’t worth fighting for because it’s ‘idealistic’. Damned straight it’s idealistic. It’s our job to fight for an ideal world for our sentient, voiceless friends and not lower our sights and give in to what naysayers think is more ‘pragmatic’ and more convenient.

A third party ban isn’t the only part of the whole solution. There are many other improvements which we support. But as the most significant and decisive action that can be taken – an action that would starve puppy farmers out of business – we’re standing firm on pushing for a ban with Lucy’s Law because, quite frankly, without this in place, all the other excellent recommendations won’t achieve the intended aim which is surely to end the cruelty of puppy farming and the hugely damaging trade in puppies.

Unpicking the Knots

WHY DID BLUE CROSS LOBBY AGAINST THEIR OWN DAMNING EVIDENCE?

Why did Blue Cross go to great lengths to expose the suffering of puppies in pet shops then go to even greater lengths to ensure they’re kept there?

In September 2016 two Blue Cross team members travelled across the UK to investigate the commercial breeding and sale of pets. Their resulting documentary was entitled ‘What Lies Ahead’.

The Blue Cross documentary opens with undercover footage taken inside a licensed UK pet shop, and a Blue Cross team member stating: “I think there’s about 90 pet shops that are currently licensed to sell puppies in store we certainly at Blue Cross believe that puppies should not be sold in pet shops and we would advocate for a ban.”

The Blue Cross team members then discuss licensing of pet shops. One team member states: “We have found during our research vast discrepancies and inconsistencies across inspections.” The team member proceeds to show her colleague an inspection report that is typed up and five pages long, then another which is one page and handwritten.

In December 2016, Blue Cross released their Unpicking the Knots report alongside their What Lies Ahead documentary.

Unpicking the Knots

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/unpicking-knots

Within their report, Blue Cross highlights the fact extensive animal welfare and breeding and sale of dogs legislation already exists, yet despite this, animals continue to suffer and licensing continues to fail them.

Two Centuries of Pet Welfare Legislation

In December 2016, Blue Cross were very clear – pet shops were not the place for puppies to be sold and the whole third-party trade was detrimental to dog welfare.

Yet, in October 2016, Blue Cross submitted a joint briefing to DEFRA in conjunction with Dogs Trust urging DEFRA to ignore the advice of the EFRA Committee and not introduce a third-party puppy sales ban, instead, proceed with more licensing: The very licensing that Blue Cross had exposed in their Unpicking Knots report as having failed the dogs for decades.

https://cariadcampaign.blog/2017/09/14/dogs-trust-and-blue-cross-joint-briefing-to-defra-against-a-ban/

Throughout 2017 and now into 2018, Blue Cross continues to defend its stance on not supporting an immediate third-party puppy sales ban, citing numerous spurious claims, unsupported by any evidence, such as the trade would go underground. They have been vocal in both media publications and in their own publications.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dogs-trust-blue-cross-efra-sub-committee-puppy-pet-shops-ban-animal-welfare-a7609266.html

https://www.bluecross.org.uk/our-campaign-tackle-irresponsible-breeding-and-sale-pets

Blue Cross have made it very clear, they do not support an immediate third-party ban. They do not support Lucy’s Law.

Why then did they bother travelling across country to expose the horrors of puppy farming and pet shop puppies? Why did they state in their report that puppies should not be sold in pet shops and they would advocate for a ban? Why are they constantly jumping on the puppy farming and puppy dealing bandwagon giving the impression to the general public that they want to see an end to puppy farming and puppy dealing but continue to focus on the ‘illegal’ trade when the legal trade is equally as damaging?

Why did Blue Cross go to great lengths to expose the suffering of puppies in pet shops then go to even greater lengths to ensure they’re kept there?

And how is it that Blue Cross no longer support a third party ban or the Lucy’s Law petition, when they were extremely vocal about supporting the Pup Aid petition in 2014, which called for the same thing.

Politics Home Pup Aid Petition 2014

https://www.politicshome.com/press-release/blue-cross/55657/blue-cross-calls-ban-sale-puppies-and-kittens-pet-shops

To find out whether Blue Cross came to its senses and finally supported an immediate ban on puppies being traded as commodities by third party sellers we’ll have to wait until their response to the Government is in the public domain. (Submissions close at 11.45 pm tonight, 2nd May 2018).

We look forwarded to scrutinising their submission document at that time. And we really hope they take the time to scrutinise our coalition’s.