If you’ve been to a pet store, chances are you’ve seen a puppy mill dog. Despite the unsanitary and abusive practices that take place at puppy mills, these operations continue to thrive because of the high demand for adorable, “designer” puppies that many fall in love with at the pet store.
But the ugly truth is that most puppy mill dogs are forced to live in small wire cages, unbathed and unloved. The puppies born under these cruel conditions offer suffer behavioral and health problems. And, for the mother and father dogs, their plight is dire indeed; they are made to breed litter after litter until they are killed, abandoned, or sold to another mill.
Please join us in pushing for tough new laws to shut down these inhumane puppy mills. Man's best friends need all of our voices to speak up for them.
- President of the United States
I am writing to you today to ask you to do your part to help stop puppy mills.
Millions of dogs are bred in puppy mills every year. These facilities often keep the mother and father dogs in unsanitary cages for their entire lives, where they are forced to breed litter after litter until they are abandoned, killed, or sold to another mill for a quick profit.
The puppies born in puppy mills often suffer health problems from being housed inhumanely in overcrowded cages, with bars instead of solid floors, and without exercise. They also develop behavioral problems from being taken away from their mothers too soon. With the enormous number of healthy, loving animals waiting for adoptive families in rescue shelters, we must put an end to puppy mills now.
I urge you to do all you can to ban puppy mills in the United States. Animal welfare issues are very important to me, and I hope the Obama Administration will make ending puppy mills a priority.
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