An Open Letter To the Parents, Staff and Governors of Sale and Longford Schools Visiting Banksia Park Puppy Farm.
I know that your schools have a great day out at Banksia Park Puppies every year and receive financial support from them as is evidenced by the testimonials on the Banksia Puppy Farm site. I’m sure that these visits are undertaken with nothing but the best intentions, assuming that what you see on the visit is the actual way the Puppy Farm is run. Sadly nothing could be further from the truth, your visit is carefully stage managed.
The most important information that any School should consider before visiting any business is whether it is run in a legal and ethical way. I am well in the position to tell you that Banksia is run against the law in several important ways and that the mothers and fathers of the puppies the children see are kept in dreadful conditions and killed as soon as they can make no more money for the Hams.
1 Bitches are bred on every season against the law which states
Section 3.2 Bitches must be at least 12 months of age before being mated and a bitch must not have more than two litters in any 18 month period.
This law, designed to protect breeding bitches from abusive breeding practices, is flouted by this Puppy Farm – as can be seen in the record higlighted below of bitches bred 3 times in the 18 month period from 6th January 2003 to July 6th 2004. 78 bitches owned by ACA/Banksia Park Puppies had 78 illegal 3rd litters and one bitch had 4 litters in that 18 month period, as is witnessed in the record below. Banksia Park Puppies continues to break the law today as do all Puppy Farms.
Record in pdf form:
3 The picture of good care that you see is not generally found on the puppy farm; bitches from well under the legal age are mated routinely to dogs that are far too big, and then whelp on their own with no veterinary care. Death is frequent and inevitable for all the dogs once they are too sick and exhausted from the abusive and illegal breeding practices to produce any more puppies. The veterinary record shows 24 breeding dogs put down in a few days before Christmas 2007 at a cost to the Puppy Farm of $280.
4 There is also the fact that puppies are sold to the public who are not made aware that they had to have operations performed in order to sell them. This is unethical and if found by the family vet would invalidate any insurance
In the light of these obvious acts against the law, and contrary to good caring practice in the breeding of companion animals, I respectfully put it to you that your Schools should not support Banksia Park Puppy Farm by your visits and testimonials and acceptance of financial inducements.