Iowa State University & CDC: Stop Teaching How to Run a Puppy Mill.
  • Petitioned James A. Roth

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Center for Food Security & Public Health
James A. Roth
Director, Center for Food Security & Public Health
Danielle Bickett-Weddle
Director, Center for Food Security & Public Health
Glenda Dvorak
Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine
Lisa K. Nolan
President, the Iowa State University
Steven Leath
President of the Board of Regents for the State of Iowa
Bruce L. Rastetter

Iowa State University & CDC: Stop Teaching How to Run a Puppy Mill.

    1. Petition by

      The Rescue Express

The Center for Food Security & Public Health ("CFSPH"), located at the Iowa State University ("ISU"), and with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), offers an eleven-part course in Regulatory Compliance for Commercial Dog Breeders.  

We are appalled that the CFSPH, the ISU, and the CDC would encourage the proliferation of Commercial Dog Breeders, also known as puppy mills.  

It is unconscionable that these institutions would facilitate the breeding of more dogs when so many dogs languish in shelters and with rescues, waiting for permanent homes, and when millions are euthanized ever year because of oversupply.  

Moreover, breeding dogs in large commercial facilities is in and of itself an inhumane practice.  Dogs are not crops.  They are sentient, sensitive creatures who were not made for mass breeding, and for near-constant confinement.

We expect that your response will be that commercial dog breeding isn't going to stop, and that it is better for the dogs if the breeders know the regulations.  As long as courses like yours exist, however, commercial dog breeding is given credibility and validation.  It is not a practice that you should endorse in any way, shape, or form.

Accordingly, we the undersigned respectfully request that the CFSPH, the ISU, and the CDC stop offering courses in Commercial Dog Breeding immediately.

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    1. Reached 20,000 signatures
    2. Decision-maker James A. Roth responds:

      James A. Roth

      The materials on Regulatory Compliance for Commercial Dog Breeders were developed by the Center for Food Security and Public Health with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA has authority to regulate commerci...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Melissa Mejia EDINBURG, TX
      • 3 months ago

      Dygs are vey near and dear tro me. I have dogs, of which I consider them to be my children. I love them very, very much; more than myself, in fact. So, naturally, I worry very much about the humane condition of other dogs. No more puppy mills ever! Do not exploit dogs for money. It is ungodly to do so...It is no better or worse than exploiting children. It is natural crime against the world, God, and all his creation.

    • Wanmai Kona SAN DIEGO, CA
      • 5 months ago

      The evil people have no heart they just want the

      Money so that’s why the dogs and cats get killed more and more every day.

      The shortest explanation of karma that I know is: 'you get what you give'. In other words; whatever you do intentionally to others, a similar thing will happen to yourself in the future. Causing suffering to others will cause suffering to ourselves, causing happiness to others will result in happiness for oneself.


    • Donna Smith TAUNTON, MA
      • 6 months ago

      The only humane option is adoption. My hope is that puppy mills will one day be a thing of the past.

    • Michelle Maloney LA CROSSE, WI
      • 6 months ago

      this is disgusting! why on earth would you have a class on this? this goes against everything i believe in for animals

    • Shannon Haver SIMPSONVILLE, SC
      • 6 months ago

      I went to ISU for a year and am no longer proud of that, after reading this article. Shame on you.


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