New Jersey May Pass New Law to Combat Puppy Mills

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To the New Jersey Legislature for passing a bill to combat puppy mills . 1405554422rof0w

The Pet Purchase Protection Act, also known as S1870, would require pet stores to display on each cage of a dog or cat for sale the full name, address and license number of the breeder who supplied the animal for sale. The bill also requires pet stores to post instructions for customers on how to access the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection reports for breeders.

Additionally, pet stores would be barred from selling dogs and cats provided by breeders without a USDA license or any breeder who has been cited on a USDA inspection report during the two-year period prior to the purchase of the animal by the pet shop. This bill passed unanimously in both the New Jersey Senate and House of Representatives and is now awaiting Governor Chris Christie’s signature to pass into law.

Take Action: Residents of New Jersey, contact Governor Chris Christie and politely urge him to sign this vital bill into law.

The Honorable Chris Christie
Office of the Governor
PO Box 001
Trenton, NJ 08625 609-292-6000

Pets Plus Naturals Stops Puppy Mill Purchases, Promotes Adoption Instead

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To Pets Plus Naturals for transitioning from pet store to animal rescue partner.

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Photo by Cornfusion

According to a recent news story, a pet store chain in the Philadelphia, PA area will no longer participate in the for-profit sale of puppies and kittens. Instead, Pets Plus Naturals pet stores has decided to partner with multiple animal rescues to find homes for pets at risk of euthanasia in shelters in the eastern United States.

Owner Bruce Smith and co-owner Mark Araeia of Pets Plus Naturals realized overwhelming numbers of dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens are dying as a result of pet overpopulation. The two entrepreneurs also cited horrifying conditions in puppy mills as a reason to transition to the pet adoption model. In addition to housing homeless pets and facilitating adoption, Pets Plus Naturals will transfer 100% of adoption fees to animal rescue partners.

Take Action: Contact Pets Plus Naturals  and express your support of the company’s new pet adoption policy.

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Iowa Bill Takes Aim at Puppy Mills

An Iowa bill would increase regulation of animals in the pet trade.

An Iowa bill would increase regulation of animals in the pet trade.

Iowa is considering a bill, SF 2254, that would increase state regulation of the commercial pet market and mandate specific standards of care for animals in breeding facilities and pet stores. This bill aims to combat the horrendous conditions found in puppy mills and inhumane pet dealers in the state of Iowa. Animals in the pet trade are vulnerable to abuse and neglect in every phase of the buying and selling process. Breeding dogs may never leave the mill where they produce puppies for sale. Within these mills, dogs may be stacked in cramped wire boxes with gaps in the flooring that allow urine and feces to fall below into the lower cages. Puppies who survive the mill may be sold through similarly inhumane market venues.

Iowa residents, please contact your legislators  and urge them to support SF 2254.

 

 

 

 

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Chicago Joins a Growing Pack

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No longer store merchandise in Chicago

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To the City of Chicago for adopting an ordinance that restricts the sale of commercially-bred animals.

The City Council of Chicago voted to adopt a new ordinance that will restrict the sale of commercially-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits within the city limits. Several other cities have enacted such restrictions, including Los Angeles and San Diego, California, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Commercial breeding facilities, often referred to as puppy mills, are nothing more than breeding grounds for death and despair. If you want to bring a dog, cat, or rabbit into your home, contact your local animal shelter or find a rescue group in your area to help pair you with your next companion animal. Never purchase an animal over the Internet or from a pet store as the majority of these animals have been bred in puppy mills.

Take Action: Chicago City residents, write a note of thanks to your mayor, city clerk, and council members for enacting this critical legislation that will protect animals in your city. Residents of other cities, please contact your legislators and urge them to enact similar restrictions.

The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor
Ms. Susana Mendoza, City Clerk
City Hall
121 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602

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When you think about it…why adopt from a shelter?

Adopting from an animal shelter has several benefits compared to adopting from a commercial breeding facility.

Adopting from an animal shelter has several benefits compared to adopting from a commercial breeding facility.

While many people understand and appreciate the benefits of adopting an animal from a local shelter, others still do not “get it.” According to a survey, many young adults believe buying from a breeder is a better option than adopting from a shelter. They believe shelter animals are less desirable than those they can buy from a breeder or pet store. What they don’t understand is that some animals bought from breeders and most animals bought from pet stores come from puppy mills where the breeding animals live in filth and disease their entire, usually short, lives.

How do we go about convincing people that shelter animals are appropriate additions to our homes? First, a shelter animal is already here. He/she was born whether intentionally or unintentionally. To buy from a puppy mill or “backyard” breeder encourages those sources to continue making money off the backs of their breeding animals. If you want to be part of the humane movement, rescuing a dog or cat from a shelter rather than supporting the abuse rampant in mills and with irresponsible breeders is definitely the way to go.

Another reason shelter animals are preferable is often they are spayed/neutered, up-to-date on shots, and full grown. If you want a puppy or kitten, many shelters have an abundance of those, too. Additionally, many shelter animals already have some basic obedience training and are often house trained as well.

To encourage people to adopt, shelters need to go outside the borders of their building. They need to advertise to the community where they are, they must have hours compatible with the time potential adopters have available, and they must encourage the community to support their programs with their time, talent, and money.

Most of us who have companion animals recognize the benefits they bring to us. But what benefits do we bring to them? If we are supporting commercial breeding facilities, we are bringing nothing but death and despair to them; if we are supporting our local shelters, we are bringing hope and a “fur”ever life. When you think about it…why wouldn’t you adopt your next companion from an animal shelter?

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Protecting Puppies

The USDA has closed a loophole that previously allowed owners of puppy mills to sell puppies over the Internet and through newspaper ads.

The USDA has closed a loophole that allowed owners of puppy mills to sell puppies over the Internet and through newspaper ads.

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To USDA for protecting puppies.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has closed a loophole in regulating puppy mills. The revised ruling will now regulate the sale of puppies over the Internet or through newspaper ads.

Prior to adopting the ruling, people selling over the Internet or through newspaper ads could claim to be pet stores, which are exempt from the standards of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). However, now those so-called stores are no longer exempt and must meet the standards set forth in the AWA.

Puppy mills are nothing more than breeding grounds for disease, despair, and death. Until we stop buying puppies from millers, we will need to be vigilant in protecting the puppies and their parents living in these mills.

Take Action: NEVER purchase a pet over the Internet or through a newspaper ad unless you are able to visit the breeder who is offering the animal for sale. Make sure you are able to meet at least the mother of the animal if not the father as well. Additionally, NEVER purchase an animal from a pet store. Adopt your next companion animal. Rescue him or her from a shelter or nonprofit rescue group. If you’re looking for a specific breed of dog, breed rescue groups exist for almost all pure bred dogs; so you never have to shop if you want a specific breed.

Puppy Mill Dogs Need Protection

Without protections in place, puppy mills will continue to breed dogs in squalid conditions.

Without protections in place, puppy mills will continue to breed dogs in squalid conditions.

The Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act (PUPS), HR 847 and S 395, would help protect dogs raised in commercial breeding facilities. The act would require licensing of anyone who sells or offers for sale 50 or more puppies from breeding female dogs as companion animals during a one-year period.

Puppy mills are breeding grounds of despair and without oversight they will continue to be.

Write your representative and senators and urge them to support the PUPS Act. Additionally, never purchase a puppy from a pet store as the majority of pet stores sell puppies bred in puppy mill facilities. Support your local animal shelter and animal rescue groups when looking to add a new member to your family.

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