We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
On behalf of all the Ontario dogs and puppies imprisoned in puppy mills, we seek strict law reform to help ban puppy mills completely and permanently. It is imperative to put a stop to these facilities and the suffering they cause to these dogs. These innocent creatures cannot speak in defense of their rights and their cries are unheard except by those inflicting torture upon them. They need us to speak out for them and save them from being victims of a life characterized by cruelty, neglect, pain, illness, injury, and inhumane death. The dogs are rarely given medical care and are never taken out of their tiny, cramped, filthy cages, freezing in winter and unprotected from summer heat. They are often malnourished, hungry, and dehydrated. They suffer emotional and psychological problems, commonly living under conditions that perpetuate discomfort, boredom, pain, anxiety, fear, and despair.
Puppy mills operate purely for profit. Dogs are treated as breeding machines, until they are ready to discard them. Then, they are typically shot, or worse, poisoned with industrial cleaner, overdosed with deworming drugs, intentionally starved to death, or dumped out in the wild to fend for themselves. Sure, many of the puppies get out alive--but notoriously have severe genetic and medical problems due to inbreeding and being born to sick or malnourished mothers, and irreversible behavioural issues from lack of socialization and being taken from their mothers too early (so the mothers can become mothers again faster, without any breaks between cycles). Sometimes the puppies are taken from their mothers so prematurely that they die within days of being purchased by the unwitting consumer.
Puppy mills make animal cruelty highly profitable.
While the Humane Society of Ontario and the O.S.P.C.A. are trying to combat the proliferation of puppy mills, locating and shutting down puppy mills is an extremely difficult task. We need legislation to ban puppy mills outright and empower the proper authorities to impose steep financial penalties on the offenders while we are waiting for law reform at the federal level to criminalize this heinous cruelty.
Therefore, we the undersigned implore ALL MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO to pass a law which bans puppy mills province-wide and imposes strict penalties on offenders. This is an urgent matter of conscience and responsibility that transcends partisan politics. It speaks directly to doing what is RIGHT. We urge the Ontario government AND opposition to work together to pass legislation that will stop the business of puppy mills in Ontario. There is no time to waste.
Please hear our plea and the pleas of so many others who tirelessly and selflessly speak on behalf of these innocent animals whose very lives depend on our determined voices. With the support of People Against Puppy Mills Ontario, we urge your swift and decisive supportive action.
Perhaps after Ontario passes this law, other provinces will follow and we can put an end of this nationwide cruelty forever, and set an example for the whole world.