Petplan® Breeder Scheme (Four weeks free pet insurance)
Offering four weeks free Petplan insurance allows mass producers of puppies, like Little Rascals, to appear responsible and reputable, and they also get to advertise on the Find a Pet and Find a Breeder sections of Petplans‘ website.
The perks of Petplan’s Breeder Scheme can be extremely valuable for prolific dog breeders, and it costs nothing to join.
A breeder only needs to sign up to the scheme and, with each puppy sold whose new owner commits to annual insurance, the breeder qualifies for ‘reward credits’ which convert to high street vouchers. It’s a win-win all round, except for the owners who take out the insurance, because Petplan is arguably one of the most expensive insurances on the market.
All in all, the Breeder Scheme can be very profitable for Petplan and breeders alike, although mainly for multi-breeders churning out puppies all year round. Certainly the scheme must be very lucrative for Petplan, otherwise why risk their reputation with commercial puppy breeders like Little Rascals ?
We’ve contacted Petplan on several occasions directing them to Little Rascals‘ website and Facebook page which clearly show they are a dog factory, and we’ve also shown Petplan evidence that Little Rascals offer Petplan insurance on puppies they import (something that is supposed to be against Petplan‘s terms and conditions), but apparently their financial relationship with these puppy farmers is too beneficial to remove them from the Breeder’s Scheme.
“The scheme is only open to responsible breeders. Registration is at the sole discretion of Petplan which may refuse to accept anyone as a member of the scheme at its absolute discretion.”
Words come cheap and just because Petplan’s Charter includes pet buying advice, it doesn’t mean they take any action against breeders found to be less than ‘reputable‘…
“When looking for a puppy or kitten it’s important to purchase from a reputable breeder who has bred the litter themselves and the puppies or kittens can be seen with their mother. The adverts on this website provide an extensive range of information about the puppies and kittens for sale such as if the mother and/or father can be seen, whether the puppy or kitten has had health tests and if they will be sold vaccinated, wormed and insured. We recommend you review this information carefully when comparing available litters to help you make an informed decision about which breeder to purchase a puppy or kitten from.
All breeders who issue 4 weeks’ free Petplan insurance agree to comply with the Petplan Breeder Charter which is designed to promote the responsible breeding and selling of pets. We work with thousands of fantastic breeders who provide healthy, happy litters and take great care to find good loving homes for their litters. However, *Petplan are not able to visit or police individual breeders and therefore providing Petplan insurance is not a guarantee that the breeder is reputable.”
So, having said all that, PetPlan (in paragraph 3 of their Puppy Charter ‘About you’) expect members to swear they – “…are not the subject of any investigations by any local authority, trading standards or regulatory body“.
The Petplan Puppy Charter ‘About the bitch‘ section requires breeders to pledge that a bitch has, a) not been mated before her second season, b) has had at least one year or one season without mating since her last litter, and c) has given birth to no more than six litters (ridiculous as that law is) during her lifetime.
No one, apart from the proprietors and employees of Little Rascals, can possibly know what conditions breeding dogs are kept in at their ‘associated kennels in Ireland‘, run by Paddy Dooley or their other suppliers of ‘imported puppies’, especially the Steele family, resident travellers in Nottingham, who supplied Little Rascals with Dachshund puppies.
Edward Swindells admitted in court last year that puppies are ‘bought in’ from external suppliers, but that seems to have been dismissed by Allianz UK, the company behind Petplan.
According to Petplan’s Advertising rules – “Puppies … cannot be advertised if they are imported from other countries outside the UK“, so it has to be assumed that Little Rascals‘ advertisements on Petplan’s ‘Find a pet’ section, where two litters were 20 and 21 weeks old, simply means they have over-bred puppies (again) and can’t offload ‘surplus stock’, or perhaps they were imported from Ireland.
Clause 6 of the Petplan Breeder Scheme Terms and Conditions :
“You will comply with the Petplan Puppy Charter and/or the Petplan Kitten Charter at all times. Petplan may remove a member from the scheme at any time where Petplan has reasonable belief to suspect any breach or attempted breach of the scheme”.
The amount of litters Little Rascals constantly produce obviously has a bearing on why they remain on Petplan‘s breeder scheme, when actually, the sheer number of puppies being sold by Little Rascals, 365 days of the year, is the very reason Petplan should remove them. Though that’s unlikely to happen any time soon given how lax Petplan are about who they’re signing up because apparently even ‘Cruella de vil’ is able to join their Breeder’s Scheme! — https://www.vettimes.co.uk/news/petplan-to-review-breeder-registration-process/
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