Animals are suffering in 90 + degree heat at Florida Flea Markets!
Domestic Animals as well as birds,bunnies,turtles,snakes,lizards are being sold at fleamarkets. They are subjected to horrible conditions. Hot/Cold weather depending on what state you live in. These poor animals live in cages from the time they leave their place of confinement to the time they leave their place of sale. The cages are dirty, unkept, no or dirty water/food. Law enforcement simply do not understand the laws alot of the times regarding fair animal housing. According to (Florida State Law Ordinance 828.29) Birds must have a perch of a specific diameter. Only a certain amount of birds allowed in cages. Dogs/Cats must be able to turn around freely and their paws should not be on the bottom of a wire cage. They should have a platform to stand on.The dog/cat sold should also have a notice of the"Lemon Law" document . This document should ALWAYS be included in the sale of the animal. This states that a Vet has cleared with a "Bill of Good Health"! Unfortunately, the fleamarkets only care about the minimal fee for the space rented. They DO NOT require licensing of the individuals selling these helpless animals. Most dog/cats come from puppy mills or trapped by the seller for free. In some cases, the dogs have been stolen from their loving owners, especially if they are a rarer breed. The laws state that the seller MUST have a current Vet certificate of good health and proof of vaccinations of all domestic animals sold. THEY DO NOT!! Most of the animals are sick, dying and starved to death especially if they do not get sold.Since the overwhelming majority of retail pet stores are exempt from federal law, the primary authority on retail pet store regulation is state law. There are fifteen states that do not have any laws regulating Retail Pet Stores. They are: AL, AK, HI, ID, KY, LA, NM, ND, OK, SD, TN, UT, WA, WV, and WY.In some states, sellers who intentionally or knowingly misrepresent an Animal's health or fitness may also face additional civil or criminal penalties. Some unscrupulous pet stores have lost their licenses and the ability to ever sell animals again! If you live in any of these states I have listed above, this is more of a reason to get involved! Please sign this petition to help STOP this inhumane treatment.
Note: The pictures shown are not from the actual Flea Market in question.
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