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Four Paws launches new online-platform in the battle against illegal puppy trade

The international animal welfare organisation Four Paws is launching an interactive online platform to raise awareness about the illegal puppy trade.

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The trade in pedigree puppies is booming to the extent that thousands of them are being offered for sale under false pretences via the internet, in pet shops and in public spaces. Bred in poor conditions, in so-called ‘puppy mills’ found across Eastern Europe and Ireland, the puppies suffer from severe distress. They are often separated from their mothers at the young age of three to four weeks, to be transported for sale across Europe with fake documents. When they arrive at their destinations, many puppies are already afflicted by fatal diseases and many do not not survive the first weeks of their life.

The new online platform from Four Paws raises awareness about illegal puppy trade and serves as a contact point for concerned members of the public. Besides providing useful information on the issue, the website offers a tool for duped buyers who wish to share their experience.

“Our main goal is to reduce the demand for cheap pedigree puppies from dubious sources and to stop the activity of illegal traders”, says Birgitt Thiesmann, companion animal expert at Four Paws.

You can find more detailed information about Four Paws’ initiative on responsible dog ownership in the EU on

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