Puppy Mill Action Week

Puppy MillsThe Humane Society of the United States has announced the week of November 25-December 1 to be Puppy Mill Action Week.

The purpose of this week is to encourage people to not buy puppies from a pet store or over the Internet, which often get their puppies from puppy mills, and to also inform the public that they can help put an end to puppy mills.

Stephanie Shain, director of The HSUS’ Stop Puppy Mills campaign, said, “People think they are rescuing a dog from a pet store, when that purchase is only making room for hundreds more puppy mill dogs to be bred and sold. The public should be concerned not only with that one puppy in the window, but also for the mistreated breeding dogs caged for years back at the puppy mill. Because people buy the puppies, these dogs will spend their lifetime confined, churning out puppies.”

Numerous celebrities are also in support of Puppy Mill Action Week including: Nathan Lane, Patricia Arquette, Kelly Ripa, Molly Shannon and others.

For more information and to sign a pledge to stop puppy mills, visit the Stop Puppy Mills website.

Source: Baltimore Sun

8 Responses to “Puppy Mill Action Week”

  1. Nora and Rufus says:

    If only ALL of them could be put out of business completely. I don’t understand how so many years of abuse can be allowed to go on and on and on. I notice that a “Petland” is going to open soon (probably right before Christmas, the bastards) not far from where I work and I am going to go to the head of the Humane Society here and see what can be done about it.

  2. Carolyn & Maggie says:

    The fight against puppy mills is going to be a tough one so long as people think they are rescuing a cute puppy that would otherwise go unloved if they didn’t buy it. It is so difficult to get people to look beyond the individual appealing needy animal in order to address the entire problem. Heartbreaking.

  3. Maggi says:

    So what do they propose to do instead? Let the poor caged puppies sit there and go without a chance to have a decent home? Seems to me that this fight has to be done from the inside, shutting down the puppy mills wherever they are and sending the dogs in use to new homes. Petshop owners should be required to show proof of where their puppies came from, a legitimate breeder or a puppy mill. There seems to be no easy solution. Sad, very sad.

  4. Jean says:

    Another approach is to get the middlemen out of the picture totally and make it legal only for the breeders to sell puppies.

    Too bad if that makes it a ‘hardship’ for buyers and they have to do a little research or drive a distance to buy a dog or cat. People should think about the responsibilities of pet ownership first, anyway.

  5. PatM says:

    In the case of the punishment fitting the crime these people running the puppy mills should be required to assist in spay/neuter clinics, and at their local humane societies and animal control divisions. That’s not going to work for everyone. Jail time and fines have their place, maybe social stigmatization by wearing something so people are aware of what you have been tried for?

    Jean–right on!

  6. Lynn says:

    They ought to make it illegal to sell pets of any kind in ANY establishment located in a business zone.

    I agree, let the buyers drive to the shelters or to the breed rescues or to the REPUTABLE breeders themselves.

  7. Nora and Rufus says:

    Jean and Lynn, you took the words right out of my mouth!!!!!

  8. Laudy Ibarra says:

    Does any one now where are the puppy mills in miami I will like to have a protest against them.

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