John Spellar MP

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Warley MP John Spellar has lent his support to a new public awareness campaign launched by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to target the growing problem of the illicit and cruel UK puppy trade.

The puppy industry is booming, but with many UK breeders and puppy smugglers across Europe producing puppies solely for profit, all too often these animals suffer serious illness or behavioural problems later in life. Others, sadly, do not survive.

IFAW has devised a useful guide, P.U.P.S, for anyone looking to buy a puppy, to ensure they know what to look for to avoid buying an unhealthy, possibly puppy farmed animal. The P.U.P.S mnemonic, below, is accompanied by a kitsch, online mock advert for a children’s toy, the Suzy puppy. The short film depicts a young girl’s delight at her new toy puppy, but mirroring the grim reality of the puppy industry she quickly discovers that her seemingly perfect pup is in fact suffering a great deal.

John Spellar MP said: “I am very pleased to support this important IFAW campaign to help make people aware of the potential pitfalls before buying a puppy which may have been farmed in squalid conditions and taken from its mother too soon, before it is eight weeks of age.

“It is terrible to think of these puppies being transported a great distance by dealers with little or no thought for their health or welfare. The mothers suffer greatly too, being made to produce litter after litter of puppies until they have outlived their usefulness. I encourage everyone to watch and share IFAW’s film and to remember P.U.P.S.”

Parent – Is the puppy with its mum?
Underage – Has the puppy reached the legal age for sale?
Papers – Are all of the puppy’s papers available and in order?
Sickness – Is the puppy healthy and energetic?

IFAW’s P.U.P.S film can be viewed here. Although the film contains no puppy footage, some viewers may find the content shocking or upsetting, because sadly the puppy trade is just that.

Philip Mansbridge, UK Director of IFAW, said: “We are very grateful for Mr Spellar’s support for our campaign. As a nation of dog lovers, none of us wants to be part of the cruel puppy industry. I am sure people will be shocked to find out that many much-loved pet dogs in the UK have suffered a horrible start in life with ill effects that may last through their lifetime.

“In the worst scenarios, owners suffer too when their much-loved puppy quickly gets sick and dies. This is the reality of the heartless UK puppy trade. IFAW always advocates adopting a happy and healthy puppy or dog in need of a home from your local shelter. But for those who wish to buy from a breeder, we believe our P.U.P.S campaign arms people with the information they need to make the right choice.”

The P.U.P.S film was screened at a parliamentary reception for MPs and key decision makers where IFAW continued to call for legislative change to better protect puppies. MPs were presented with their own Suzy puppy toys to remind them of the need for measures to combat the puppy trade.

Mansbridge added: “IFAW stands firmly against the large-scale, low welfare commercial breeding of puppies for profit. We want to see an end to third-party sales and the introduction of tougher and better enforced licensing to tackle this cruel trade.”

The P.U.P.S concept and video were created in partnership with marketing communications brand J. Walter Thompson.

Warley MP backs new campaign targeting the cruel UK puppy trade

In Westminster today, Midlands MP John Spellar called on the new Trade Secretary to ensure barrier-free trade for the British car industry and to put pressure on government departments to “buy British.”

Mr Spellar said: “Britain buys a large number of cars from European manufacturers. The Government needs to ensure there is equal access for British car manufacturers into Europe.”

He added that he was “encouraged by the positive response from Liam Fox”, but pledged to “hold him to account on his words”.

·         Mr John Spellar (Warley) (Lab)

Will the Secretary of State explain to our European partners the huge benefit to their industries of car and truck sales to the UK and ensure that there are no obstacles to our own vehicle makers selling to the EU? While he is at it, will he persuade other Departments to behave like their European counterparts and support domestic industry and buy British?

·         Dr Fox

On the latter point, the GREAT campaign has been moved to the Department for International Trade and I am keen for it to encourage people in this country to buy British where possible. He makes an important point about the wider negotiations in that the European Union has a huge trade surplus with the United Kingdom. It is more in their interest than ours—if that is possible—to maintain an open, free-trading environment.

John Spellar MP calls on Government to “buy British” and ensure barrier free trade for car industry in Europe

In Westminster today, Midlands MP John Spellar called on the new Trade Secretary to ensure barrier-free trade for the British car industry and to put pressure on government departments to...

During Organ Donation Week (5 - 11 September) local MP John Spellar has called on families in Warley to start a conversation about organ donation.

Every day across the UK, around three people who could have benefited from a transplant die because there aren’t enough organ donors. And in Warley there are 16 people waiting for transplant.

To be a donor, many people believe that all you have to do is join the NHS Organ Donor Register. However, if you die in circumstances where you could become an organ donor, your family would be approached by specialist nurses and asked to support your decision to donate.  

NHS Blood and Transplant, the organ donation organisation for the UK, have released figures that show only 47% of families agree to organ donation if they are unaware of their relative’s decision to be a donor. Yet almost 90% of families give their consent when the decision to be an organ donor is known.

John Spellar MP said: “NHS Blood and Transplant’s figures show why it is vital for families to talk about organ donation, so that if the worst should happen, your loved ones aren’t left guessing about your decision.

“There are 17,435 of us from Warley on the NHS Organ Donor Register -but how many of us have simply signed up and not told our family?

“It is vital that we agree to become organ donors if we can. By joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and sharing your decision with your family you could potentially save up to nine lives. If you or your mum or brother needed a transplant, would you want others to agree to donation if they could?”

Start a conversation today and help turn an end into a beginning. Join the NHS Organ Donor Register and make sure you tell your friends and family your decision.

Visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call 0300 123 23 23. You can also share your decision with your friends on social media, using the hashtag #YesIDonate.

John Spellar MP backs call for families to talk about organ donation

During Organ Donation Week (5 - 11 September) local MP John Spellar has called on families in Warley to start a conversation about organ donation. Every day across the UK,...


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