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Petland USA: Stop Selling Pets - Fire Puppy Mills - Petland Canada Has!
  • Petitioned Lacey Clever

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Lacey Clever
Retail Operations
Petland USA Founder and Chairman
Ed Kunzelman
Director of Communications
Elizabeth Kunzelman
President
Joe Watson

Petland USA: Stop Selling Pets - Fire Puppy Mills - Petland Canada Has!

    1. Mary Haight
    2. Petition by

      Mary Haight

      Oak Park, IL

More than 95% of animals for sale at Petland USA stores are from commercial puppy mills. According to transport and shipping records from the Department of Agiculture involving more than 5 States,17,000 puppies delivered to Petland were sourced from puppy mills. USDA inspection records were cross-checked and source facilities were visited to confirm this fact. HSUS led this investigation.

Petland Canada has announced they will stop selling pets, why not Petland USA? Successful Petland franchisee conversions to adoption models are operating in PA with help from local shelters.

We know the Master Franchisor (Petland USA, Ohio) cannot by fiat dictate that everyone follow a new policy.  They can announce their intention and new policy and current franchisees are free to run their businesses as they see fit.  Yet a sea-change in policy from the top would be a giant leap in saving lives and changing Petland's reputation and market share. It would not take long for laggards to follow as we push for legislation against selling pets and picket with adopt don't shop signs.

Turn your ship around Petland USA - Change your policy! Stop selling pets, fire puppy mills, choose instead the benefits of community support. Your voicemail message says you care about animals. Prove it - step up, be a policy leader and save lives!

In Partnership with BTC4Animals.com

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 150,000 signatures
    2. More Petland stores closing

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The latest Petland to announce that it's closing is in Arlington Heights, IL: "They are falling like autumn leaves. Three closed in August, two in December, two in January, and now three more in the first week of February. Down to 81 US stores, 73 selling puppies ± kittens. And all Canada Petland stores now do not sell puppies or kittens. The pace is picking up!"

    3. Barkworks in LA switches to adoption

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      One pet store is taking a stand by not selling pets that come from so-called puppy mills. It's teaming up with a national pet organization and only offers dogs and cats from animal shelters.

      For the first time, many shelter dogs will be permanently displayed front and center at a local pet store window in a mall, displacing their commercially bred counterparts who typically get top billing.

      This pet store will no longer sell commercially bred dogs, and people who avoid shelters because of their stigma will be able to adopt a dog or cat that otherwise might have been euthanized. It's all thanks to Pet Connections Inc., a national organization that devised the Pet Transport Program.

      The pilot program went so well, the rescue dogs were so popular, that come March 1 a Barkworks store here in the Westside Pavilion will become an official adoption center for rescues.

    4. Ireland Bans Puppy Mills

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Ireland, once considered the "Puppy Farm of Europe" has banned puppy mills.

    5. How to Stop Puppy Mills and Pet Shops

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Read the latest post from petition creator Mary Haight on the Dancing Dog Blog:

    6. White House Responds to Petition to Stop Puppy Mills

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "The official response to the online petition, which was signed by more than 32,000 people, outlines the United States Department of Agriculture’s plans to improve oversight of commercial dog breeders by issuing rules to regulate those breeders who sell over the Internet. The animal welfare groups were encouraged by the news, but urged the White House to accelerate the time frame, and adopt the puppy mill rule without further delay. "

    7. Local Petland Protester asks people adopt, not shop this holiday season

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      To join Pam's virtual protest, click through to her guest post and share the images via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, targeting the social media pages of the store in your area. (To download the images, just right-click and "save as.")

    8. "Petland is horrible" YouTube video

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Complaints against Petland extend beyond where their puppies come from. It's common to find complaints about the condition of animals once they're in the store. Here's one person who posted photos of Petland puppies in a YouTube video.

    9. Puppy Mills Promoter "Pet Age" Editor Warning to Pet Industry

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Petition starter, Mary Haight, takes on Pet Age's pro-puppy mill warning and the conspiracy theory that wanting to end suffering in the pet industry is somehow linked to wanting to end pet ownership.

    10. Reached 100,000 signatures
    11. Associated Press Reports On Groups Encouraging Boycott Of Pet Stores

      Pulin Modi
      Senior Campaigner

      With the holiday season upon us, the ASPCA has put up forty billboards around Los Angeles and launched an online educational campaign about boycotting pet stores. The goal is for those seeking a dog to adopt from their local shelter if they are able to provide loving homes for a dog.

      The Associated Press just released a story about how the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and others are advocating for a boycott of online and local pet stores which sell puppies. This includes Petland which continues to disregard animals' well-being by selling puppies from puppy mills.

    12. Reached 75,000 signatures
    13. Petland Speaks Loud and Clear ... With the Wrong Answer!

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Petland USA, in response to questions asked by Change.org petition organizer Mary Haight, has answered that not only does Petland USA not intend to stop selling live pets but that they think that the almost 48,000 people who signed the petition are spending too much time targeting them and not enough time concentrating on other issues.

      Really? I should spend more time concentrating on other animal issues? Which issues would those be? I can’t help but wonder what other issues Petland feels are more important than the suffering and pain caused by the puppy mills that Petland seems so intent on supporting."

    14. Call to Action: Petland USA Says It Will Continue Selling Pets

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      This is a guest blog post written by Mary Haight, who owns the Dancing Dog Blog and launched the campaign on Change.org calling on Petland USA to stop selling pets.
      Stocking more than 150 stores across the US with puppies of all breeds is a model...

    15. Reached 40,000 signatures
    16. SeattlePI praises Petland Canada, urges Petland USA to follow

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      "Only in recent years has the public become aware of the problems caused by the puppy mill industry – inhumane treatment of animals, pet overpopulation resulting in abandonment and euthanasia. Up until now, pet stores have been the primary outlet for this cycle of misery. An investigation led by the Humane Society of the United States has revealed that 95% of puppies sold though Petland come from puppy mills. Petland Canada has decided to be part of the solution to this problem rather than continuing to perpetuate it. Hopefully Petland USA will follow their example."

    17. Reached 30,000 signatures
    18. Irvine, California Bans Pet Sales

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      The City Council of Irvine, California received a standing ovation after its vote to end retail pet sales.

    19. Jack's Pets to stop selling puppies

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Jack’s Pets, one of the largest pet store chains in the Midwest, has decided to no longer sell puppies in any of its stores. Instead, Jack’s will work with the ASPCA to expand its work with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer in-store pet adoptions. Will Petland be next?

    20. More than 3,000 signatures in 10 days with more than 600 "likes" shared =)

      Mary Haight
      Petition Organizer

      That's 600 likes on this page! Getting people to stop long enough to sign is tough - we all put things off and then forget about them. I think this a *great* start! Thanks to all of you who passed along this petition and its message - it really does take all of us working together to accomplish good for animals.

      If you've only tweeted and Facebooked once or twice the first week, you could probably do it again without alienating your friends;)

    21. Reached 3,000 signatures
    22. Puppy Mills: How One Missouri Shelter is Fighting Back, Part 2

      Mary Haight
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday, we participated in the national Blog the Change for Animals event focused on puppy mills in America. Specifically, the goal is to bring enough pressure to bear on PetLand USA that they agree to stop selling puppy mill animals in their stores.

      A petition, hosted by Change.org, is available for you to sign, and all bloggers participating in the event were given media coverage in Change.org's media announcement promoting the event.

      To date, response to puppy mills has been lackluster - in part, we think because of a lack of education on the horrors surrounding the issue.

      So we decided to profile one agency that has partnered with the ASPCA and state government offices to be a rescue resource when puppy mills are raided...

    23. Say No To Petland? Just Say No To Yourself!

      Mary Haight
      Petition Organizer

      Once again, I was not planning on participating in this installment of Blog The Change. Is banning live animal sales in pet shops a solution to stemming the tide of dogs and cats being surrendered to animal shelters? Is adopting animals that you find on the street a good thing? Read on and find out.

      Many moons ago, I blogged about Toronto considering a ban on pet shop sales of kittens and puppies. Recently, the pet shop ban has been passed into law. City Council’s reasoning was that this measure would reduce the number of animals being surrendered to animal shelters. Large pet businesses like PJ’s Pet Stores and Petland Canada and Pets Unlimited voluntarily decided to follow suit. Because they really, really care about the animals. *Insert eye roll here*

      These corporations are NOT the “nice guys” that you think they are. This was a very shrewd PR move. According to Pet Age Magazine, an information source for the pet industry, only 12% of pet store profits are derived...

    24. Puppy Mills and Petland, Bloggers Converge on a Cause

      Mary Haight
      Petition Organizer

      On Monday I wrote a post on BTC4Animals, asking for help petitioning Petland USA to stop selling pets and fire puppy mills, especially after Petland Canada announced in September that they would be winding down this part of their operations. And what a great response – there are now nearly 30 bloggers who will be writing about puppy mills and Petland today!

      Stephanie Feldstein of Change.org kicked it off with her post late yesterday, followed shortly thereafter by Kim Clune, Lorie Huston, and Amy Burkert . That means more people will be made aware of what they are doing when they buy a pet from Petland, and how it contributes to great cruelty.

      It’s no small thing to keep dogs in a cage all their short lives – if you did not know, females are kept pregnant all the time, year after year, so they only last about five years. Then they are killed. When you discover these ugly things, you can’t go back, you can’t forget that you know...

    25. Do You Know Where Dogs Sold in Pet Stores Come From?

      Mary Haight
      Petition Organizer

      he puppies in the pet store, they look so adorable, don't they? All puppies do.

      But do you know the amount of abuse and suffering that is behind that adorable little face?
      According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), over 95% of the puppies sold by PetLand USA come from Puppy Mills.

      Tell PetLand USA to step up and stop supporting puppy mills.

      (from Dawg Business)

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    Reasons for signing

    • Stefanus Andre INDONESIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      If you people really care for animals, ADOPT! NOT SHOP!

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    • Debbie Neeld FT. LANGLEY, BC, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      You should see their parents - sick, abused, inbred time and time again! No reason should be needed to stop this sick industry!

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    • Debbie Barnaby ASHEVILLE, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      If they're not from puppy mills they're from backyard breeders. People STOP buying! Stores STOP LYING!

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    • Amanda Camden-Spina FOX LAKE, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      The WORLD is over run with domestic pets that are homeless, sick and dying because of the irresponsible over breeding done by puppy mills and the support they recieve from shops like Petland. How can anyone say it isn't wrong to keep breeding dogs when there are so many that die everyday due to excessive breeding? It really makes no sense that they even try to justify it.

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    • Shawn Williams JUSTIN, TX
      • almost 2 years ago

      I recently met a puppy mill survivor, she was missing an eye from the pressure washer that was used every six months or so to "clean out" the cages. Some of those saved with her had no eyes. You see, eyes aren't important in a mill...

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