Great Debate: did the Queen set a bad example by buying a puppy online?

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Earlier this month news came that the Queen, a lifelong Corgi lover and owner, welcomed two new Corgi puppies at Windsor Castle. The puppies arrived two years after the death of her last Corgi, Whisper, and were reportedly of comfort at a difficult time, during Prince Philip’s recent hospital stay.

However, it was later reported that one of the puppies, named Charles, was purchased online for £2,650 on Pets4Homes – a website of dubious reputation. The puppy was reportedly collected by a woman who works for the royal household, and who would not tell the breeder who the puppy’s owner would be.

Some have criticised this move, as animal welfare organisations have repeatedly cautioned the public against buying puppies and kittens online; in recent months demand for pets has gone up, with more people than ever buying puppies through websites and causing prices to rise, which in turn fuelled an increase in pet theft. As the patron of several charities, they argue, the Queen would have easily found a rescue dog – or purchased a puppy through other, more responsible means.

Others argue that certainly the Queen’s staff wouldn’t have purchased a dog from just anyone online, that checks were probably in place to ensure the puppy came from a reputable breeder and not a puppy farm.

What do you think – did the Queen set a bad example by buying a puppy online? Tell us your opinion here, in the Facebook thread, or by emailing with the subject line “Great Debate”.


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