The DSPCA are hosting a two hour conference on the illegal Puppy Trade.
This event will take place on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 7.00pm in the Mason Hayes Curran Auditorium, UCD Law School, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Mans Best Friend? - The Puppy Trade Industry
What is the Puppy Trade?
What is wrong with the Puppy Trade?
What is the extent of the Puppy Trade?
What are Government Agencies and
Animal Welfare organisations doing about this trade?
What can you do?
Samantha (Sam) Polling is an award winning
investigative journalist with BBC Scotland. She investigated the
Puppy trade from Ireland to Scotland over two years and was the
presenter of the BBC Panorama documentary: ‘The Dog Factory’.
Mark Abraham or ‘Mark the vet’ is a practicing Vet,
Author and animal welfare campaigner based in Brighton, England.
Mark is currently The UK’s ‘Vet of the year’ and he founded
‘PupAid’ in 2009 to highlight the plight of Puppy farmed dogs.
Joe Moran is a Senior lobbyist at Eurogroup for Animals,
the representative confederation of animal protection organisations
at EU level, where he leads on companion animals. Joe was
instrumental in the strategic development, coordination and
execution of Eurogroup for Animals' recent Protect Our Pets
campaign, to the adoption of the European Parliament's Resolution
on the introduction of compatible systems of the registration of pet
Mark Rafferty is the head of the Scottish SPCA special
investigation unit. He was a member of the police and was a
founding member of ‘Operation Delphin’ a cooperation between
Welfare Groups, Taxation and Customs authorities in Ireland and
UK targeting the illegal puppy trade.
Brian Gillen is CEO of DSPCA based at our campus in
Rathfarnham , Dublin. He has lobbied for the introduction of
significant legislation in animal welfare in Ireland and has worked
with our inspectorate at DSPCA in targeting the illegal aspects of
the Puppy trade in Ireland.
There is no admission charge for this conference and free car
parking is available at UCD. Admission is available by