Online pet sales in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney- pets deserve better
Dawn Bowden AM said “As a pet lover myself I know that companion pets, the cats and dogs etc we have in our family homes are a friend and a great comfort to many. I am not alone as Britain is a nation of pet lovers. Yet I am also not alone in watching my social media and seeing more evidence of pets for sale and not really knowing anything about the conditions in which they are kept, or about their origins. Today I met “Blue Cross for Pets” at the Assembly who told me about their research around “Online sales of pets in Wales”. I was interested to see that for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney they recorded the largest number of adverts for dogs, cats and rabbits in the whole of South East Wales at 1748 cases.
Dawn added “This research points to a number of important issues including unlicensed sellers and breeders, lack of regard for animal welfare, a failure to assses suitability of pet for lifestyle, and inappropriate species kept together. These are important issues for animal welfare that can be overlooked in online adverts. It is also concerning that although Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney is smaller than some neighbouring constituencies we are recording the highest levels of online adverts”.
“I do beleive this is a subject area in which increased regualtion would benefit pets and the lives of animals. I will be discussing the next steps we can take on companion animals with the Cabinet Secretary covering animal welfare as I believe action is required on third party sales, strengthened codes of practice and action regarding animal offending”.
“This is thought provoking research that should make everyone think a little more carefully about the pet adverts they see on local social media”.
In Wales Blue Cross recorded 37,179 online adverts for cats, dogs and rabbits.
9,260 adverts in South East Wales
1748 adverts were in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.
Further information form www.bluecross.org.uk;