Sale of Puppies and Kittens

Part of Backbench Business – in the House of Commons at 1:22 pm on 4th September 2014.

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Photo of Justin Tomlinson Justin Tomlinson Conservative, North Swindon 1:22 pm, 4th September 2014

It is an absolute pleasure to follow such a powerful speech, which drew on a long track record on this important issue. I pay tribute to Robert Flello, as other Members have done, for bringing forward such an incredibly important campaign. It has united Members across the Chamber. This has been one of the most positive and constructive debates I have taken part in. I am delighted that the campaign was highlighted in the Swindon Advertiser, in which the hon. Gentleman featured. We have all been contacted on social media by a great number of people. Interestingly, my Facebook page with the article on the campaign attracted over 60,000 views and 534 shares, which is 10 times more than for anything I have done before. That is no surprise, as 13 million households in this country have pets.

As Members have been naming their pets, I am delighted to say that my wife champions rescuing dogs—I have almost had to put in place a limit. Susie, our 11-year-old rescue dog, which we found on the Golden Oldies website, recently came second in the Lydiard park best rescue dog competition, which means international fame for her.

The mass commercial production of puppies purely for profit and without care for their welfare or happiness is a serious issue.