Ireland has been dubbed the Puppy Farm Capital of EuropeIn a world where the innocent often bear the brunt of cruelty, a glimmer of hope has emerged. Aontú, under the steadfast leadership of Meath West TD Peadar Tóibín, has taken a bold step towards safeguarding the welfare of our four-legged friends. 

The Dog Breeding Establishments Bill 2021, fondly known as the ‘Puppy Farm Bill’, has been submitted to the Dáil1This bill is not just a piece of legislation; it’s a beacon of hope, a promise of a better tomorrow for our canine companions. 

Ireland, unfortunately, has been dubbed the ‘Puppy Farm Capital of EuropeThis bill aims to change that narrative by strengthening the regulation of dog breeding establishments and ensuring enforcement of relevant statutory provisions. 

The bill introduces a ‘minimum standard’ for animals2It amplifies the five freedoms contained in the 2010 Act, which each dog breeder must adhere to in the raising of these animals1Under this bill, dogs must be kept in such a manner as to avoid unnecessary suffering, receive treatment when necessary from a veterinary practitioner, be permitted to exhibit their natural and normal behaviour, and have the company of other dogs. 

The bill also seeks to increase penalties for breaking the law in terms of puppy farms2The previous maximum fine of €5,000 becomes the minimum fine for summary conviction in the bill, and it introduces a €10,000 fine for convictions on indictment.

This is a clarion call for change, a plea for compassion, and a step towards a world where every creature is treated with the respect and care they deserve. Let’s stand together for the voiceless and make a difference. Because every life matters, and every step counts.