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Milly-la-Forêt puppy show: open letter to Eric Jalon, Essonne’s Prefect


Mis à jour le 30 September 2022

We have received images from a puppy show that was held in Milly-la-Forêt (91) on the weekend of 23 and 24 July 2022. Knowing that this weekend was one of the hottest of the year, we wrote to the Essonne Prefecture to draw their attention to their responsibility regarding these animals subjected to stress and intense heat.

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Mr Éric Jalon
Essonne Prefect
Administrative Centre
Boulevard de France
CS10701
91010 Evry Courconnes cedex

Vannes, 27 July 2022

Dear Prefect,

Our association has been alerted about the puppy show held in Milly-la-Forêt on 23 and 24 July 2022. Two hundred and fifty breeding puppies were presented to the public and put up for sale during this event.

In our capacity as an association whose main purpose is to protect and defend animals and the environment, we hope that this letter brings your attention to several points pertaining to the welfare of the animals exhibited.

The images that we were sent show the animals being exhibited outside while the temperature came close to forty degrees. Despite there being marquees, some enclosures were predominantly in the sun. The animals seemed to be suffering from the heat (panting, lethargy) and moreover were being subjected to the stress of visitors passing by and noise. A bitch and her puppy were enclosed together in a small cage where she has no room to lie down.

Furthermore, during these events, despite being authorised by legislation in force, the animals are considered simply as merchandise, completely reified to the detriment of the respect for their individuality and their needs.

Currently, shelters and associations who care for abandoned animals, strays or those mistreated, are overwhelmed with requests and can no longer cope with the many calls for help. The organisation of the puppy show, and what is more in such conditions, appears to totally contradict with the responsibility of the owners to host a complex and sentient being.

The veterinary services for your Prefecture are appointed during such events in order to monitor compliance with the regulations in place, particularly regarding the presentation conditions and the welfare of the animals. We are surprised that the organisation of the puppy show in such circumstances has not generated any opposition on your part.

We thank you for your attention to this letter and ask that you accept our highest consideration, dear Prefect.

Muriel Arnal
Founding President of One Voice

Translated from the French by Joely Justice

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Cecilia | Thursday 05 January 2023

Les pauvres chiens !😔

trochu | Wednesday 04 January 2023

Profondément en accord avec le commentaire de Manu, le maire de cette ville devrait avoir honte d'accepter encore de tels salons où les chiots qui sont encore des bébés, sont entassés, exposés comme de la simple marchandise et très souvent retirés à leurs mamans bien trop tôt, c'est inacceptable, tous les maires de France, doivent interdire tous ces salons de chiots ou d'autres animaux sur leurs communes, comme l'a déjà fait le maire de la ville de Colmar qui refuse depuis maintenant deux ans le salon du chiot. Que les autres prennent exemple, et fassent preuve de respect, de considération et d'empathie envers les animaux. Ces images sont choquantes et révoltantes c'est bouleversant que de voir ces pauvres bébés chiens enfermés et parqués pour être "vendus et achetés", ce n'est qu'abominable et nous devons dénoncer et mettre la pression sur tous les maires.

Manu | Monday 01 August 2022

C'est par ces images que l'on peut voir que la majorité des éleveurs n'en n'ont rien à faire de leurs animaux si ce sont bien des chiots issus d'élevages français ou qui ont étés expédiés des usines à chiots dans les pays de l'est!
Et honte à la commune qui a accepté de recevoir ce salon, il est temps que beaucoup de choses changent pour la condition animale!

eytak | Sunday 31 July 2022

honteux ce ne sont pas des objets