The glorious Spring sunshine that blessed Sydney last Sunday was the perfect backdrop for a rally against puppy farms. Both humans and canines in their hundreds converged on Belmore Park near Central Station to support a better deal for Australia’s dogs. Currently, on average, over 150 dogs and cats are killed every single day in NSW alone and Australia-wide a dog is killed every four minutes. Puppy farms contribute significantly to this pet overpopulation issue, and can also present serious welfare concerns for both the breeding stock and the resulting puppies – for example, the RSPCA has a dedicated website Help Us Close Puppy Factories that provides details of animals being forced to breed in “appalling facilities”.
Animal Liberation NSW has been investigating and campaigning on this issue for years and organised Sunday’s rally as part of the International Puppy Farm Awareness Day, which also saw an even larger rally in Melbourne organised by Oscar’s Law.
Sydney attendees were inspired by several speakers – Clover Moore MP, Lord Mayor; Tim Vasudeva, Animal Welfare League/Sydney Dogs and Cats Home; Monika Biernacki, Monika’s Doggie Rescue; and Anne Greenaway, Lawyers for Companion Animals – who passionately shared information about the realities of puppy farms and also the important steps of how to help improve the current situation. The hosts, Lindsay McDougall and Marieke Hardy, were, as always, enthusiastic and entertaining, and particularly encouraged everyone to indulge in the vegan food provided by Funky Pies and Rubyfruit… not only was the food on offer all cruelty-free and delicious, but both companies were generously supporting Animal Liberation NSW’s campaign against puppy farms through sales on the day.
The rally wrapped up with a performance by Blackie from the Hard-ons, and the chance for people to fill up on pies and cupcakes, stock up on t-shirts, bandanas, stickers and the like from the Animal Liberation and Oscar’s Law stalls, and speak up by signing petitions.
Sunday’s rally may be over, but you can still add your voice to the campaign by contacting your local MP – for those in NSW, ask your local MP to support Clover Moore’s bill on this issue: http://www.clovermoore.com/main/?id=1358
Also, check out the Oscar’s Law “Act Now” page for more ways to help protect Australia’s dogs – it’s a sure way to get two paws up from our own adoptee, Jackpot. Woof!
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