DOG LOVERS EVERYWHERE: 1. JOIN TOGETHER IN NATIONAL BOYCOTT OF ALL DOG BREEDERS UNTIL THE “EXTENDED PET INDUSTRY”… ITSELF… PRO-ACTIVELY FOCUSES ON REDUCING SHELTER INTAKE! 2. SEEK SUPPORT FROM POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEES FOR ANIMALS (’PACs’).
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PREFACE: The shelter intake that this petition addresses is that resulting from irresponsible backyard breeders ('BYB's') who "supply-push" puppies onto poorly-prepared "impulse buyers". Shelter directors across the U.S. need to increase dog licensure percentages (less than 20 percent in many communities) to support more staff to focus on "POINT-OF-SALE" activity between BYB's and irresponsible pet owners/("IPO's").
It is absolutely essential, however, that shelters continue to accept relinquished pets and pick up strays.
To understand why, however, our 'National Boycott' needs to apply to all dog breeders, please see the Feb. 14, 2015 blog addressing this at www.standupfordogs.tumblr.com
TO OUR FRIENDS ABROAD - Please consider initiating similar Consumer Action/"Indirect Legislation", wherever needed, in your respective countries.
TO EVERYONE: Please see the companion “Extended Pet Industry” (or “EPI”…) petition justifying the need for this new petition. It describes how the vested $$$ interests of those comprising the EPI draw badly-needed focus away from avoidable shelter INTAKE, causing unnecessary impoundment trauma and destruction of dogs throughout the U.S.
The EPI petition is at:
In the above graphic, the ‘goose’ depicts breeders collectively, i.e. the 'Golden Geese' that geometrically/exponentially produce the cash-generating 'Golden Eggs' (i.e. litter after litter of puppies)....so many of which ultimately become overwhelming INTAKE for shelters everywhere.
This graphic is central to understanding and overcoming the opposition of the very powerful ($55.7 Billion/Yr.) U.S pet industry and its legislative lobby that have been so successful…for so long…in defeating ‘TRADITIONAL’ legislation introduced for the benefit of animals.
This NATIONAL BOYCOTT is effectively “INDIRECT’ legislation which, in contrast to traditional legislation, is: 1) NOT SUBJECT TO the vast influence of the pet industry; and is: 2) bolstered by the UNASSAILABLE RIGHT of consumers to choose not to buy puppies from ANY breeder. As such, Indirect Legislation can be a powerful tool for animal rights groups and political action committees for animals (“PACs”). It complements traditional legislation but also could be especially effective for certain critically important and fundamental animal welfare initiatives, i.e. traditional legislation which the pet industry lobby has successfully opposed or failed to support.
(See the initial strategic action blog, in support of this petition, which is dated Feb. 7, 2015, at www.standupfordogs.tumbler.com ; among other things, it discusses the importance of conducting this boycott on a broad (national) scale so that boycotted breeders don’t just market their litters in the next county, region, or state. For a listing of Political Action Committees, see the September 1, 2014 blog at www.standupfordogs.com/blog )
The key concept here is to give animal advocates everywhere – and the ‘60-cents-a-day’ smaller ‘mainstream’ contributors to national humane organizations – a viable alternative, where their voices actually might be heard, as against the money, power and influence of this almost $60 Billion/yr. pet industry.
Observing a broad-based boycott cause a substantial dip in the U.S. pet industry's growth over a relatively sustained period, the ‘Extended Pet Industry’ may realize that the EPI...ITSELF... needs to take pro-active action to: Reduce Shelter Intake; Elevate the Legal Status of Companion Animals; Halt Irresponsible Backyard Breeding/’BYB’ing’; and Reinvent Animal Control (i.e. the animal control ‘Paradigm Shift’). Otherwise, it may prove difficult to maintain a positive public image and resume the pet industry’s continued upward earnings!
A significant and extended reversal in (booming, ever-upward…) pet industry earnings can be achieved relatively quickly. While adopting from shelters and reputable rescues is strongly encouraged, some prospective dog owners, unfortunately, simply will not acquire a dog from either source. It is essential, then, to broadly spread the concept of NOT buying from ANY breeder (online advertiser, local breeder, pet store or other seller…) ‘UNTIL’.....(see 'PLEDGE').
(See the ‘PLEDGE’ section of our earlier petition at: https://www.change.org/p/dog-lovers-everywhere-sign-petition-a-3-part-pledge-to-stop-indiscriminate-backyard-breeding-by-byb-s
As potential buyers defer purchases of puppies, a “reverse economic multiplier effect” is automatically triggered. This contraction in litters sold and sales of future pet goods and services can be appreciable, especially as: 1. the average litter size is 6 puppies (varies considerably by breed); 2. female dogs can be ready to reproduce again every 7-8 months; and 3. this rate of reproduction is a kind of geometric/exponential 'hybrid' -- simply put, extremely rapid!
The pet industry therefore needs to appreciate that once such consumer action gains momentum, a near-term downturn in revenues is likely... one not readily reversible once reduced demand causes a corresponding reduction in breeding activity.
For starters, then, dog lovers everywhere need to pro-actively encourage friends, neighbors and other contacts to exercise their unassailable right to "defer" purchase of puppies …indefinitely from ANY breeder…UNTIL this almost $ 60 billion/yr. U.S. Pet Industry and its 'EPI' "extensions" (including the national humane organizations with their hundreds of $ millions in donations)… come together and finally demonstrate a commitment to animal welfare at truly fundamental levels. The EPI alone has the collective resources necessary to induce badly-needed reinvention/restructuring of: 1.the Breeding Community, including the AKC; and 2. the Animal Control Community nationwide (i.e. restructuring via the ‘AC Paradigm Shift).
“POSTLEA”, the key component at the very core of the ‘Paradigm Shift’ for reinventing animal control throughout the U.S., is described in the June 30, 2014 blog at www.standupfordogs.com/blog : “POINT-OF-SALE-OR-TRANSFER LICENSING ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE – COMPLETE 3-ELEMENT PRESENTATION”.
Through coordinated national consumer action, dog lovers everywhere have the opportunity to urge the EPI to act much more responsibly because “it is the right thing to do” and, if not for that reason, perhaps then to avoid reduced pet industry earnings.
Future strategic actions in support of this coordinated consumer action will be provided in updates to signers of this petition and on blog sites at www.standupfordogs.tumblr.com ; and/or www.standupfordogs.com/blog
Please consider signing, and broadly spreading, all of our petitions to help companion animals; petition titles and links are provided in our FEB. 25, 2015 blog at www.standupfordogs.tumblr.com
Stand Up for Dogs www.standupfordogs.com (We have many advocacy 'tools' here, petition templates, etc., especially for local grass roots efforts to quash backyard breeding (see Backyard Breeding section). Also see the Spay/Neuter section for low-cost spay/neuter advocacy tools.
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