BAN THE RETAIL SALE OF DOGS & CATS IN STORES IN BIRMINGHAM, MI AND HELP COMBAT PUPPY MILLS

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Dear Birmingham residents and business owners ONLY,

Approximately 7.6 MILLION companion animals enter animal SHELTERS nationwide EVERY YEAR. Of those, approximately 1.2 MILLION dogs and 1.4 MILLION cats are EUTHANIZED EACH YEAR, because they do not have a place to call home and our shelters and rescues are OVERCROWDED. While at the same time, RETAIL STORES ARE SELLING puppies and kittens for thousands of dollars. These pets are mainly supplied by CRUEL AND INHUMANE PUPPY MILLS, churning out MILLIONS of animals each year for profit. When you purchase a puppy from a retail store you are helping the PUPPY MILL INDUSTRY THRIVE. But, we can help BREAK THIS CYCLE AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF LIVES in our own jurisdiction by asking our local government officials to ENACT A CITY ORDINANCE THAT BANS THE SALE OF DOGS AND CATS IN RETAIL STORES IN BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN, UNLESS THE ANIMALS COME FROM REPUTABLE SHELTERS AND RESCUE GROUPS.

It is believed that there are approximately 10,000 licensed and unlicensed puppy mills in the U.S., MOSTLY CONCENTRATED IN THE MIDWEST, which combined produce an estimated two million puppies per year. It’s profoundly ironic that the number of puppies born in mills is roughly equal to the number of dogs being killed in U.S. shelters each year.

WHAT IS A PUPPY MILL?: A puppy mill is a high-volume commercial dog-breeding operation in which profit and maximum production take priority over the health and welfare of the animals. Puppies bred in these factory-like settings are regarded as nothing more than a cash crop commodity, and despite the poor conditions in which the breeder dogs are forced to live, puppy mills are still legal in every state. Although these commercial dog breeders who sell puppies wholesale to pet stores and distributors are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the minimum required standards of care do little to protect dogs and nothing to ensure responsible, quality breeding. The dogs can be confined for years at a time, reduced to lives of constant breeding in dirty, stacked, wirebottomed cages that are required to be only six inches larger than the dog on all sides, and with few, if any, opportunities to play, be walked, or receive basic grooming or veterinary care. There is no requirement that the dogs ever be let out of those cages, even for a moment, to stand on solid ground or experience the sun on their backs. When they are no longer able to produce, they are usually discarded or destroyed.

Many jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada have already enacted these ordinances (almost 200) and many more are currently in the works.  Restricting animal sales is effective because it addresses the problem of mills and backyard breeders from the retail end, the point of sale. Restricting the market for puppies and kittens from mills limits motivation to produce them, in turn, shutting down these horrific puppy mills.

Because the retail pet sales ordinances include an exemption for pet stores that offer animals for adoption from shelters or rescue groups, it’s a win-win for the animals and the community. Not only are stores no longer supporting pet mills, they’re helping to relieve the burden on shelters by getting animals into pet stores where they can be seen by potential adopters.

PLEASE ALSO WATCH THE FOLLOWING VIDEO:

https://youtu.be/TIE_2NKFhAk

Here is a list of jurisdictions that have already passed such legislation:

http://bestfriends.org/resources/jurisdictions-retail-pet-sale-bans

LEARN MORE ABOUT RETAIL PET STORES AND PUPPY MILLS @ WWW.BESTFRIENDS.ORG

THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME IN MAKING BIRMINGHAM AN EVEN MORE WONDERFUL PLACE TO CALL HOME!



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