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Boycott Dogs4Us – 2016 Review

In 2016 Boycott Dogs4Us began a new direction for the campaign with a new focus on politics as a way forward.

We started by submitting written evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s Animal Welfare: Domestic Pets Inquiry. We also sent letters to each member of the committee.

Our campaign organised a protest outside Parliament with TV Vet Marc Abraham calling for a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops and other third-party dealers in support of PupAid and C.A.R.I.A.D, who were giving oral evidence to the committee. The protest was attended by Labour MP Rob Flello,  Conservative MP David Amess, SNP MP Paul Monaghan, Labour MP Rosie Cooper, Linda Goodman (CARIAD), Leigh-Catherine Salway (K-9 Angels), and Jodie Marsh (Bodybuilder and Glamour Model).

Due to the work of national campaign groups Pup Aid and CARIAD and support from smaller groups such as ourselves, the committee  published a report recommending a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party dealers. Boycott Dogs4Us’ evidence was very briefly quoted as part of the report.

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Aran Mathai from Boycott Dogs4Us spoke on BBC 2 about why the sale of puppies in pet shops needs to be banned.

Following the protest we went on to secure local politician’s support for our campaign. We were overwhelmed by messages of support from both Councillors and MPs. You can see the messages on our Celebrity and Political Support page.

Working with our local political contacts we worked behind and in front of the scenes pushing the Councils to take action regarding Dogs4Us, including holding a protest outside each store which highlighted an investigation by the BBC which included shocking undercover footage shot inside Dogs4Us puppy farm suppliers.

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The Boycott Dogs4Us Team then attended the UK’s largest anti-puppy farming event PupAid to spread the word about our campaign.

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In Leeds we delivered a Deputation to Full Council calling for a ban on the sale of puppies in Leeds pet shops. A vote was held and the Council unanimously agreed to pass the issue to the relevant department.

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We held a rally for Puppy Farm Awareness Day in Manchester City Centre. The rally was attended by actress Shobna Gulati (Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and Sunita Alahan in Coronation Street) and speeches were given by or on behalf of numerous dog welfare/animal protection groups including Manchester Animal Action and the Linton Pet Shop Campaign.

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In Salford (Manchester) following our lobbying efforts the Council began a consultation into license conditions for pet shops. We submitted a response to the consultation thanking the Council for beginning  to address the issue and to point out shortcomings in their proposed changes. We also staged a protest in Salford town centre at the end of the consultation period.

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We held a protest at Leeds Town Hall calling on the Council to end the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third-party dealers in Leeds.

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The next day we met with Leeds Council representatives securing commitments to investigate concerns raised by our campaign.

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Finally we held two days of action at the Manchester and Leeds stores educating the public as to why puppies are not presents.

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Sadly champion of puppy farm dogs Lucy The Rescue Cavalier passed away in the run up to this two days of action. Therefore our campaign decided to hold a minutes silence for Lucy at our Manchester event. Other campaigners including our friends at C.A.R.I.A.D galvanised thousands of people across the world to join the minutes silence remotely, spreading the message even further.

Boycott Dogs4Us would like to thank all the people and groups that have supported and helped the campaign throughout 2016. In 2017, we at Boycott Dogs4Us will be redoubling our efforts to support campaigns such as PupAid and C.A.R.I.A.D in their push for a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops (and by other third-party dealers). We will also continue to push the Councils locally to take action against Dogs4Us.

With your help a better future is possible for the dogs!

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THANK YOU

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70 People Protest Dogs4Us Leeds

On 16th July 2016, around 70 people over the course of the day protested outside Dogs4Us Leeds.

The protest had speeches from campaign supporters;

Green councillors;

– Terry Wilford

– Ann Blackburn

– David Blackburn

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Labour councillors:

– Kevin Ritchie

– Josephine Jarosz

And Dogs4Us manager turned whistleblower Nicola Robinson.

Aran Mathai (Boycott Dogs4Us Founder and Chairman) and Luke Beevers (Boycott Dogs4Us Leeds Campaigns Director) provided video updates on the protest which can be found on our Facebook page here.

The protest was covered on Look North – see coverage here:

The Boycott Dogs4Us campaign is committed to exposing Dogs4Us sale of sick and dying puppies sourced from cruel puppy farms. We will continue to campaign until Dogs4Us stop selling puppies. Learn more on our About Dogs4Us page.

Boycott Dogs4Us Goes To Parliament

On May 24th 2016, Boycott Dogs4Us held a protest at Parliament calling for a ban on the sale of puppies by pet shops and other third-party dealers.

The protest was attended by a number of MPs and celebrities.

Attendees and speakers included; Labour MP Rob Flello,  Conservative MP David Amess, SNP MP Paul Monaghan, Labour MP Rosie Cooper, Linda Goodman (CARIAD), Leigh-Catherine Salway (K-9 Angels), Marc “The Vet” Abraham (PupAid) and Jodie Marsh.

Special thanks to Marc and PupAid for working on PR and speakers for the event.

Aran Mathai from Boycott Dogs4Us spoke on BBC 2 about why the sale of puppies in pet shops need to be banned.

 

This protest followed an undercover investigation by BBC Panorama which exposed puppy warehouse Dogs4Us for dealing with cruel puppy farms.

 

Dogs4Us Encourages Irresponsible Impulse Purchase of Puppies

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Facebook posts on the Dogs4Us Manchester and the Dogs4Us Leeds page encourage parents who are not looking to purchase a puppy to bring their children to their store. They are also running the ad on local Leeds radio station, Radio Aire. The only possible commercial reason for such an enticement is to encourage impulse purchases of puppies.

‘Pester power’ leads  parents to make spur of the moment decisions. Many puppies are bought for the summer holidays only to be put up for sale/re-homing once the school term starts.

Dogs continue to be put to sleep due to a lack of good homes. If you have space in your life for a dog, please visit a rescue centre. Adopt, don’t shop.

Thank you to  The fight against puppy farms starts here and Puppy Love Campaigns for bringing this to our attention.

Exorcist Actress Linda Blair Supports Boycott Dogs4Us

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Actress Linda Blair has re-tweeted about the latest Boycott Dogs4Us protest.

Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Linda Blair is best known for her role in The Exorcist and more recently for her guest appearance on the TV Series Supernatural. However Blair is also a committed animal activist.

When one of our supporters tweeted Blair about our upcoming protest against the cruel puppy farm pet shop Dogs4Us, she didn’t hesitate to re-tweet to her fans.

Dogs4Us buys their puppies from cruel puppy farms, many go on to have health issues and even die much to the heartbreak of the families that purchase them.

Sky News and Channel 5 exposed Dogs4us for their cruelty. You can see the Sky News video below:

Here is the tweet:

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Dogs4Us Ex-Manager Confirms Puppies Are From Puppy Farms

Nicola Robinson who was the manager of Dogs4us Leeds for 4 years has come out against her former employer. Speaking to the Boycott Dogs4us campaign via Twitter, Robinson revealed that Dogs4us does indeed source its puppies from puppy farms, despite the company’s claims to the contrary.

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Robinson also spoke of her heartbreak at seeing puppies die while at the store.

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Additionally a vets where 30 dogs and cats were seized and two staff arrested as part of a RSPCA investigation in March this year is stated to be a Dogs4Us vet.

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Thank you Nicola Robinson for speaking up for the dogs, your words will help close Dogs4Us once and for all.

Dogs4Us Nearly Empty of Customers Due to Protest

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On Sunday 21st June 2015, 20 activists over the course of the day protested puppy warehouse Dogs4Us in Leeds.

The protest highlighted the fact that a Channel 5 and Sky News expose revealed that Dogs4Us sources their puppies from cruel puppy farms in Wales. Dogs at Dogs4us supplier farms are kept in horrific conditions, living in tiny pens in complete darkness with little or no bedding, space, stimulation, or access to the outside. Customers of Dogs4Us have reported buying sick and diseased puppies.

Dogs4Us claims to offer a guarantee but this does not offer any more protection than the legal minimum. It does not cover vet bills but rather only allows a refund or replacement dog – treating puppies like products.

The protest marked the launch of “Operation Boycott”, urging a complete and total boycott of the Yorkshire based puppy superstore.

Customers were told of other places to buy supplies and rescue centres from which puppies can be obtained. This led to many customers turning away from the store.

Dogs4us was empty or nearly empty throughout the day! This shows the effectiveness of the awareness raising efforts of the campaign so far.

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One protester was arrested after a false allegation by a Dogs4us staff member that he had hit their car. The campaigner was later released without charge. This shows the desperate lengths that the puppy farm pet shop Dogs4us will go to silence legitimate protest.

The campaign will continue until Dogs4us either closes down or stops selling puppies for good.

Dogs4Us, We’re Back!

Good demo on Sunday. Despite huge transport issues for many activists, 11 people protested Dogs4us Leeds over the course of the day. The store had very few customers and out of the few they did have some turned around and left after reading the leaflets.

The staff were so concerned about the effectiveness of the protest that Manager Colin Yarwood got on the phone to call in a security guard, Staff Member Julie Cunningham already tried to get the police to help but they told her no law had been broken!

Towards the end of the day the only people going in and out of the store were friends of staff members, the same people going in and out without purchasing a thing! It is clear the store is on its last legs, we need you all now to join us in a final push!

Find out about upcoming protests at our Facebook page Boycott Dogs4us

Anti-Puppy Farming Day Sees Around 44 people Protest Dogs4us

Around 30 people in Leeds and 14 in Manchester protested Dogs4us sale of puppy farm puppies on the 16th of September as part of worldwide Anti-Puppy Farming Day.

In Leeds local children joined the protests bringing hand-made banners of their own.

Customers turned away and tons of public support was received by the campaign . Dogs4us is losing more and more business because of it’s choice to support the cruel battery farming of puppies.

Customers turned away! Weekly demos continue to succeed.

Activists were once again back at Dogs4us Leeds for one of the smaller weekly demos. The store is always very empty but this time it was even emptier as 2 customers turned away after hearing the truth about Dogs4us!

Here is a report from the ground; “Today’s demo at Dogs4Us Leeds was the best yet! Two potential customers turned away, one of whom looked sick to her stomach upon learning of the horrors of the puppy farming industry. Upon chanting “One customer turned away”, the manager came out to keep her beady eye on us, but she didn’t say anything – after all what can she say to justify what she does?”

Next Sunday (22nd July) is the monthly demo which will see between 20-30 activists from around the country protesting against the Manchester store. Please make sure you are one of them! Full event details can be found here.