Andrew was in Parliament to support a motion to ban pet shops selling puppies and kittens without their mothers present.
As the second largest animal welfare petition of all time, the 110,000 signature-strong puppy farming e-petition reflects animal lovers’ concerns about the use of pups and kittens for profit, with no thought for their health, welfare, and quality of life.
According to research, pet shops have sold as many as 1.5 million puppies. Often bred in horrific conditions, one in five pups bought from pet shops contract a life-threatening disease, with death involving terrible suffering.
Andrew Smith MP said, “Many of my constituents have written to me about the horrors of puppy and kitten farming. I share their opposition and welcome this debate. I have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs about this matter, and I hope the Government listens to the public and moves quickly to close an important supply route—the pet shop.”