Search

Primrose Hill celeb power helps anti-puppy farming campaign to reach Parliament

12:00 22 August 2014

TV vet and PupAid founder Marc Abraham with a responsibly bred puppy

TV vet and PupAid founder Marc Abraham with a responsibly bred puppy

Archant

Calls for a blanket ban on the sale of puppies from pet shops are set to reach the ears of MPs for the first time – thanks to the people of Primrose Hill and its local A-listers.

Lizzie Cundy, Marc the Vet [Marc Abraham] and Meg Matthews with Best Rescue dog class winner Zoe as dog lovers and celebrities support Pup Aid Fun Dog Show as part of the fight against Puppy Farming. Primrose Hill, London photo©Julia ClaxtonLizzie Cundy, Marc the Vet [Marc Abraham] and Meg Matthews with Best Rescue dog class winner Zoe as dog lovers and celebrities support Pup Aid Fun Dog Show as part of the fight against Puppy Farming. Primrose Hill, London photo©Julia Claxton

PupAid, a campaign group opposing the UK’s puppy farming industry, has been awarded a House of Commons debate after collecting more than 100,000 signatures on an e-petition.

Activists believe the debate, on Thursday September 4, will be the first time puppy farming – where dogs are reared in appalling battery-style conditions – has been raised in Parliament.

And PupAid founder Marc Abraham says moving the organisation’s annual dog show from Brighton to Primrose Hill was key to gathering enough support to secure the parliamentary debate.

The TV vet said: “The support from the community in Primrose Hill has been quite moving.

“We get about 6,000 or 7,000 visitors each year and it’s become part of the calender.

“It has also helped us to gather lots of celebrity support – and we’re using that to drive the message home.”

The proximity of Primrose Hill to the homes of many celebrities – who barely have to wander out of the front doors to be there – has helped the cause greatly.

The first Primrose Hill event, in 2012, was attended by Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, comedian Ricky Gervais and Queen guitarist Brian May, while footballer Peter Crouch, his model wife Abbey Clancy, and “Queen of Shops” Mary Portas were among the supporters last year.

The next PupAid event takes place two days after the debate on Saturday, September 6 and is expected to be another star-studded affair.

Meanwhile, the campaign group is calling on all animal lovers to write to their MPs asking them to attend the debate.

Hampstead and Kilburn MP Glenda Jackson is on a list of about 50 MPs who have so far pledged their support.

PupAid believes a ban on the sale of puppies at pet shops is the only way to “starve” the puppy farming industry.

Mr Abraham added: “Puppies produced on large-scale commercial breeding establishments, known as puppy farms, and irresponsibly produced kittens are separated from their mothers too early, often transported long distances, and as a result often suffer serious life-threatening problems including paired immune systems, poor socialisation, infectious diseases and shorter life spans.”

Visit pupaid.org for details.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

20 minutes ago
The daily school-runs cause traffic queues in Fitzjohn's Avenue and Arkwright Road.

Police have stepped up patrols outside schools in Hampstead - after a spate of road rage incidents during school run times.

23 minutes ago
Gabriella Ratcliffe helped light a candle for her mother

A child in Iran gazed at a candle flame as a London crowd prayed for the Iranian authorities to release Nazanin, held without charge since April 3

Charaf El Moudden has been jailed for five years

A ‘celebrity obsessed’ burglar who targeted pop star Rita Ora’s Kensal Rise home in a raid worth more than £200,000 has been jailed for five years.

Mikhail Fridman, international businessman and new owner of Athlone House

Mikhail Fridman, a Ukranian-born oligarch and the chairman of investment business Letter One, exclusively describes his vision for Athlone House

Yesterday, 16:37
Candlelit vigil for Nazanin Ratcliffe opposite 10 Downing Street. Photo: Polly Hancock

Hundreds of family members, friends and well-wishers attended a candlelit vigil opposite Downing Street for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker held in Iran without charge since April 3.

Yesterday, 14:43
Guilty: Charaf El Moudden

A burglar who targeted pop star Rita Ora has been found guilty of a raid worth more than £200,000 on her Kensal Rise home.

Tue, 17:50
Police attended NatWest bank

Officers discovered two men armed with a suspected firearm and a large bladed weapon in the NatWest bank

Tue, 15:08
Hornsey and Wood Green MP Catherine West has said she will vote down the 'Brexit bill' when it comes before Parliament

Hornsey and Wood Green’s Labour MP Catherine West has said she will vote against Brexit when the referendum bill comes before Parliament in an attempt to undo what she sees as a catastrophic decision by the nation.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe