Canine Breeders Ireland (CBI) represents dog breeders / puppy farmers in Northern and Southern Ireland.
Members include Paddy Dooley, Michael McKay, Gerry Smyth and brothers David and Jonathan Hamilton (proprietors of Furnish Kennels – now changed to UK Dog Breeding Academy).
Paddy Dooley and Michael McKay are directors of Canine Breeders Ireland Limited, a company registered in Southern Ireland with a misleading company address, which happens to belong to Paddy Dooley, supplier to Little Rascals, who prefers to have his exact location permanently hidden, even on official company documents [→Ireland Associates].
Canine Breeders Ireland agree with Little Rascals on the irritation of being labelled ‘puppy farmers‘; David Hamilton stated:
“We have said before that the term “puppy farmer” is derogatory. The definition of “puppy farmer” is someone who earns money from the suffering of animals. As far as I am concerned, that is already illegal. There is no question of that. Cruelty to animals is a crime. We are licensed breeders, and we represent licensed breeders.″
David Hamilton’s views on what constitutes cruelty to animals are grossly warped. As a licensed breeder he is, unfortunately, legally qualified to treat his dogs as commodities:
—Extracted from the minutes of a meeting which took place in October 2010, attended by the Hamilton brothers, Gerry Smyth and Michael McKay (but not the elusive Paddy Dooley) [Welfare of Animals / CBI Meeting] :
Francie Molloy (Sinn Fein MP) :
“Do you see any difference between the breeding of dogs and the breeding of cattle, sheep or other animals?”
David Hamilton (Furnish Kennels / Canine Breeders Ireland) :
“They are living animals, and they are bred for profit whether people like that or not. There is no distinction.”
Francie Molloy :
“Do you export animals to England, Scotland and other parts of the world?”
David Hamilton :
“Yes. I am involved in exports of dogs to England, Scotland and around the world.”
Francie Molloy :
“Have you any idea what total that market brings to the economy here?”
Michael McKay (Dog Breeder-Dealer/Canine Breeders Ireland) :
“Last year, we dealt with similar matters in the South, and we reckon that, on an all-Ireland basis, it amounts to between €400 and €500 million a year. We reckon that, in the North, we make about 28% or 29% of that. Therefore, the total is around £150 million or £160 million.”—
John and David Hamilton, proprietors of UK Dog Breeding Academy (formerly Furnish Kennels)
The Hamiltons turned to dog breeding on a huge scale when BSE destroyed their beef farming business. Farm buildings and containers once used for cattle now contain breeding dogs and puppies. ‘Calfing’ sheds have become ‘whelping’ sheds. There is no distinction for the Hamiltons between cattle and dogs. As David Hamilton explained: ‘Dogs pay the bills and pay my mortgage‘.
When asked if the dogs were exercised and socialised, Jonathan Hamilton said that the manner in which his dogs are kept means they can ‘self-exercise‘ in the confines of their own kennels, and these dogs expect nothing more than the lifestyle inflicted on them. Hamilton went on to say that, if a kennel door is left open, a dog will not attempt to leave, because that life is all the dog knows.
→Video clip: http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7506677
This documentary showed that the sheer number of breeding dogs alone (well over 500) on the Hamiltons’ farm requires the containers housing the dogs to be fitted with ‘feeding pipes‘. The Hamiltons’ explanation is that food is fresh and freely available and removes competition over food between dogs. Actually, what it does is keep human contact to an absolute minimum and allows the dogs to be left entirely alone all night and for long periods of time, backed up by the fact that the BBC crew managed to enter the property without interference.
Litters of puppies without mothers were found to be kept in window-less containers which, according to the Hamiltons, is for ‘quarantine’ purposes. As with the adult dogs, it’s a foregone conclusion that puppies are not handled and socialised given the sheer numbers found.
→Video clip: http://www.tubechop.com/watch/7504007
Following the backlash from the BBC Scotland documentary, the Hamiltons claimed the conditions found were temporary, but the fact remains that the BBC crew were able to enter that property uninterrupted, indicating that the dogs are left entirely alone at night.
Also featured in the Puppy Farming RTE One documentary is Gerry Smyth, friend/associate of Bridgett Dickens (Little Rascals).
Mr Smyth operates his licensed puppy farm from 25 Rellan Rd, Rosslea, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland (about half an hour up the road from the Hamiltons).
This, apparently, is ‘high welfare standards‘:
Gerry Smyth obviously invited the TV crew to visit, so there is no way of knowing what conditions his dogs are kept in when visitors aren’t expected, especially as this is also normal for him …
When asked if his dogs are exercised (i.e. socialised), Mr Smyth claims they are regularly exercised, implying that it happens every day. But when questioned further, he mumbles something about two or three times a week. How about ‘NEVER’?
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