I enjoy the alternative take on the news provided by the 7PM Project. But sometimes the lack of depth really hurts a story.
Tonight they ‘investigated‘ puppy factories – the mass breeding of dogs for pet stores. This is not a new issue but is important. The report was superficial and did not provide any useful information to help consumers. But most annoying was the failure of the people interviewed to think past a knee jerk ‘someone’s go to do something’ reaction. We know how to help remove (if not fully solve) these problems. An accreditation regime (think organic produce, free-range eggs or the Heart Foundation tick). Many consumers want to support ethical breeding. If a body, such as the RSPCA, sets up an accreditation system for dog breeding standards, then this will provide consumers with the information they need. This does not require government action but it does require a body such as the RSPCA to think pro-actively about a market solution rather than just requesting more regulation.