i can't believe that we allow them in this country! just saw an article on the one show- it's disgusting!
Like Josh, I have researched a bit about this and it makes me sick. I do some work with dog rescues who try to work to stop this - I know the Dog's Trust are starting a campaign - they are calling it Battery Farming. like that of chickens, and it is really. Unfortunately it is a lot more common than people think, and a lot of the time people don't know they are getting puppies that were bred this way as they can seem "official". Sometimes the sellers even have a set of "parents" that can be seen, amd fake the papers :(
The behavioral problems that these puppies have are astounding- you wouldn't believe it :( They are often raised away from their mums so that she can have another litter sooner and dogs just don't act like dogs when they are risen in this day :(
I don't think there is *loads* that can be done. Most of the info about puppy farms is out there now available for people who are buying puppies to see- they just have to make the right choices when buying (Which is terrible)
You'd be shocked about how many animals come from similar conditions. 99.9% of petshop torts are claimed to be 'captive bred' when infact they are brought from farms in slovenia where the farmers harbour loads of wild tortoises, keep their eggs, the subsequent hatchlings and then ship them over in their masses for the UK pet trade They also take small tortoises from the wild and pass them off as bred at the sanctuary. This is the truth for LOADS of reptiles you see in pet stores. Most other reptiles are readily available at petstores that are actually captive bred as they are bred much more readily and are prolific breeders.
Sorry to take this off topic!