Puppy Trade and its Cruelty

Hong Kong’s Puppy Trade

The SPCA is opposed to the pet trade and all those who make money trading animals as stock. Thousands of animals need homes and we implore anyone considering becoming a dog owner to visit our adoption centres first.

One of the core reasons we are so against the pet trade generally, and the puppy trade specifically, is the incredibly cruel conditions in which the animals are often kept. This is particularly the case for many bitches who are kept in horrible conditions so their owners can produce the maximum number of puppies for the least cost. These are known as puppy mills .

Puppies can also be smuggled in from Fo Shan, and their route to Hong Kong pet shops and owners can be traumatic.
Pure breed puppies can also suffer from significant genetic diseases that can significantly affect their quality of life.

If you cannot find a suitable dog then do your research, be vigilant, and ‘Boycott the Bad Breeder.

About Puppy Trade

Pet Shops

According to the AFCD, nearly 600 pedigree puppies are sold in Hong Kong’s pet shops every month. If you are planning to buy a puppy from a pet shop, you are supporting a long chain of cruelty.

Puppy Mills

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Puppy Farm Raid

The Hong Kong Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – as we were known in the early days – was formed by a group of volunteers in 1903 who wanted...

Pet Smuggling

The Dali pet market operates from Monday to Friday and provides wholesale and retail sales of animals, pet accessories, pharmaceuticals and veterinary services. It is also a national ...

Genetic Illness

Pedigree dogs are a result of selective, restrictive breeding for characteristics that are "aesthetically pleasing” of a particular breed. Unfortunately, these practices have resulted in breeds with ...

Legislative Changes

For many years, anyone claiming to be a private pet owner was free to sell dogs and puppies. Owners did not need to undergo any licensing or inspections; there were no limitations or ...

Ban the Breeder

We believe that adoption is the best option. A visit to any one of our Centres will reveal a wide range of dogs available. You may find the breed you are looking for, or fall in love with a wonderful ...


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