Anaïs Gallagher sent letter in collaboration with PETA
Anaïs Gallagher, daughter of Noel Gallagher, has appealed to the Finnish dog breeders who have named their kennel and puppies after Oasis songs to stop breeding dogs.
The 14-year-old, who was recently hired to co-host Friday Download on children’s channel CBBC, sent a letter to the breeders in collaboration with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
In it, she writes about her concerns over the health of selectively bred dogs, citing her own Boston Terrier’s health problems. She also expresses concern over the number of unwanted dogs that cannot be homed.
She asks the breeders to cease their activities. “You can be a rock’n’roll star for dogs by spaying and neutering your Labrador retrievers and promoting adoption instead,” she writes.
She also tells the kennel’s owner, Ville Kormilainen, that her favourite Oasis album is ‘Definitely Maybe’.
The owners of the Glory Morning kennels have been contacted for a response.
Read the full letter here:
“Dear Mr Kormilainen,
I was happy to read in NME that you’re a big Oasis fan – so am I! Obviously. What’s your favourite album? Mine is ‘Definitely Maybe’. I also read that you breed dogs and want to name your next litter of Labrador retrievers after your fave Oasis songs. I wish you wouldn’t do that.
I love dogs and would do anything for my Boston terrier, Oscar. But after seeing the health problems that Oscar has grown up with ever since he was a puppy, just because he came from a breeder, I am now completely against dog breeding.
Oscar had a cleft palate and was constantly sick. For the first few weeks after we bought him, we had to take him to the vet almost every day for one problem or another. He got sicker and sicker and lost lots of weight until he was so skinny you could see his bones. Mum and I were terrified that he wouldn’t make it. When we took Oscar to see experts at the Royal Veterinary College, they told us his stomach wasn’t connected to his organs properly and he had had this problem since birth because of breeding! Poor Oscar had to have lots of operations just to be able to eat normally.
Since then I’ve learned from my friends at PETA, who are trying to educate people about the problems with pedigrees, that many dog breeds have health issues like Oscar’s. Labrador retrievers are at risk for something called progressive retinal atrophy, which can make them go blind, bulldogs suffer from breathing problems which can become an emergency if they get overheated, and German shepherds are prone to hip dysplasia, which can cripple them. It’s horrible to think about – don’t you agree?
But that’s not the only problem with breeding dogs. In my country, we have a big problem with homeless dogs, and I imagine you do in your country, too. There are millions of sweet, fun-loving dogs all around the world who are living in animal shelters and just waiting for someone to take them home. Whenever people buy a dog from a breeder or a pet shop or even accidentally allow their own dog to have a litter of puppies, they are practically signing a death sentence for a dog in an animal shelter, who will never get to have a home and a family. It breaks my heart to think that dogs are being euthanised just because there aren’t enough good homes for them, while breeders produce more litters. Breeding dogs is wrong as long as we’re still killing animals who don’t have homes.
On behalf of Oscar and all the other wonderful dogs who don’t have anyone to speak up for them, please don’t produce any more litters. You can be a rock’n’roll star for dogs by spaying and neutering your Labrador retrievers and promoting adoption instead.
Anaïs Gallagher (Noel’s daughter)”