The Gippsland Times, ,ELEANOR VENABLES, 19th November 2009
The controversial open day brought arguments both for and against puppy farming to a head.
ALV supporters provided the organisation with photos and emails describing the kennels.
ALV president Patty Mark said ALV viewed the day as a success as it exposed the breeding practices at Banksia Park.
“We received hundreds of photos from people that were there on the day and who knew that ALV is really concerned with the place,” Ms Mark said.
“The animals looked totally dejected.
“In our minds, the day was a big success because it showed that they (the Hams) have things to hide.”
In response to allegations from ALV that Banksia Park Puppies violates Wellington Shire Council regulations, a council spokesman stated that all breeding and boarding kennels in the region were inspected on a regular basis.
“Council regularly inspects all kennels and breeding facilities across the shire and takes appropriate action to rectify issues that need to be addressed,” the spokesman said.
According to Banksia Park co-owner Matt Hams, for every person that stated their disgust to ALV, there was a positive comment made to the owners.
“We were rapt with the day,” Matt Hams said.
“We had roughly 800 people through the farm during the day, and everyone we spoke to said they were enjoying themselves.”
For more, read Friday’s Gippsland Times.
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