Public gets the chance to see puppy farm

The Gippsland Times, ,ELEANOR VENABLES, 19th November 2009

STRADBROKE’S Banksia Park Puppies’ open day last Sunday has been hailed a success by owners, the Hams family and Animal Liberation Victoria – however, for different reasons.

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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2 responses to “Public gets the chance to see puppy farm

  1. Colin and Matt Hams are just the typical PUPPY FARMERS that hide behind a façade, using the innocent as a ‘MARKETING TOOL’ to captivate the impulsive buyers into purchasing their cute puppies. Many people have commented on forums over the Internet how shocking it was to witness the conditions of the Banksia Park Puppy Farm. The truth is unfolding and even the Wellington Shire Council is proving to be noncompliant and they ought to be ashamed to condone Colin Ham’s for violating the Code of Practice. For example a response I received from a Councilor was: “I was personally very impressed with the facilities provided for the dogs and the obvious care the staff and management have for the puppies.” Does the Wellington Shire Council have blinkers on? I commend everyone on behalf of the dogs used as prisoners of profit, for sharing the truth about the ACA/ Banksia Puppy Farm open day on the ‘Prisoners For Profit’ website. Your comments certainly contradict the lies that have been fabricated to cover up the evil deeds of Colin Hams the ‘NOTORIOUS PUPPY FARMER.

  2. Yes! Colin and MattHams are a disgrace to mankind and the dogs they are ment to care for. So I wrote a comment on the Gippsland Times website as follows:
    “Here again the PUPPY FARMER hides behind a façade, using the innocent as a ‘MARKETING TOOL’ to captivate the impulsive buyers into purchasing their cute puppies. But the little red Poodle pup’s face shows fear and sadness. Many people have commented on forums over the Internet how shocking it was to witness the conditions of the Banksia Park Puppy Farm. The truth is unfolding and even the Wellington Shire Council is proving to be noncompliant and they ought to be ashamed to condone Colin Ham’s for violating the Code of Practice. For example a response I received from a Councilor was: “I was personally very impressed with the facilities provided for the dogs and the obvious care the staff and management have for the puppies.” Does the Wellington Shire Council have blinkers on? I commend everyone on behalf of the dogs used as prisoners of profit, for sharing the truth about the ACA/ Banksia Puppy Farm open day. Your comments certainly contradict the lies that have been fabricated to cover up the evil deeds of Colin Hams the ‘NOTORIOUS PUPPY FARMER.’

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