Dog breeding

Unregulated Dog Breeding Causes Animal Welfare Overload

The Għammieri animal shelter is set to double in size by the end of this year, but the real solution to the number of abandoned dogs is to regulate breeding, according to Alicia Bugeja Said.

“The project will increase accommodation capacity by 100% and complement another reception center in Ta’ Qali, which was one of the promises of the election manifesto,” said the Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Welfare animal. Malta weather.

During the election campaign, the Labor Party promised a “modern rehousing centre” to house abandoned animals and those whose owners can no longer care for them.

The Ta’ Qali center should also house horses.

Bugeja Said was reacting to an article published in the Times of Malta on Tuesday, which cited a report by the Animal Welfare Commissioner pointing out that abandoned dogs are not rescued unless they are injured, as there are no more space at the Għammieri Animal Sanctuary.

Larger, older dogs, and those with flea infestations, are more likely to get left behind. The same goes for those who are not purebreds as they are less likely to be adopted and the department cannot afford to have too many dogs occupying paddocks for long.

While Bugeja Said admitted that while the expansion of Għammieri and the opening of the Ta’ Qali reception center will increase capacity and alleviate the problem of shelter overcrowding, the real solution lies in the regulation of animal husbandry. unbridled.

“Unregulated breeding is the source of the problem. We need to reduce the number of dogs that are bred and sold,” she said.

“Rather than just creating more space for stray animals, we should be looking at this solution.”

In recent months, authorities have confiscated several dogs found in poor health from private breeders.

Animal Welfare Commissioner Alison Bezzina and animal rights activists have repeatedly urged people to adopt dogs and cats from animal shelters, instead of buying puppies from breeders.

Animal breeders, on the other hand, argued that a few bad breeders should not reflect on others who do their job diligently.

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