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puppy mills

69 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, Bruce Rauner

Protect Illinois' Animals by Opposing Illinois SB1882 and HB2824

On February 10, two identical bills were introduced to Illinois' Senate and House to amend the state's Animal Welfare Act – SB1882 and HB2824. At first glance, they appear to be beneficial to animals, requiring microchipping of dogs and cats sold by pet stores. However, buried within these bills is a dangerous provision to prohibit local governments from regulating where pet stores acquire their animals. This action would eliminate the hard-fought and won laws in Chicago, Cook County, Warrenville, and Waukegan that prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs in these communities’ pet stores. It would also prevent the passage of future companion animal and consumer protection ordinances that groups like Safe Pets for Joliet are fighting for in other Illinois communities. The proposed bills would also require that pet stores disclose information from inspections "as posted on the Animal Care Information System online search tool maintained by the United States Department of Agriculture." This bill was introduced after the USDA removed said search tool, making it unenforceable. The group lobbying for these bills is the Illinois Pet Lovers Association, "a collection of Illinois pet store owners, veterinarians, pet suppliers and customers." These proposed bills are not about protecting animals, but profiting from them. HB2824 has already been assigned to the House Business & Occupational Licenses Committee, and a hearing date has been set for March 8. The time to act is NOW. Please express your opposition to this legislation, which would provide weak and unenforceable regulations on pet stores while prohibiting local governments from enacting ordinances that effectively prevent pet stores from sourcing animals from puppy/kitten mills. Our local governments should have the authority to make decisions about businesses in the best interest of their residents, and no community in Illinois should continue to be victimized by pet stores and the commercial breeding industry. This is a statewide issue. No matter where you live in Illinois, RAISE YOUR VOICE! See the status of SB1882. See the status of HB2824.  Learn more about the dangers of these bills on The Puppy Mill Project website.

Safe Pets for Joliet
1,585 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Prevent Puppy Mills

Dogs are considered a man's best friend right, so why do we allow them to be mistreated in puppy mills? A majority of us dog owners tend to buy from pet shops without knowing where they get their puppy supply from. These dog shops buy from puppy mills which is classified as a mass breeding facility. These facilities produce over 2 million puppies per year with a 60% death rate; around 1.2 million dogs are euthanized due to horrific conditions. These puppy mills are legalized sadly, however the regulations are made poorly and there is a limited number of inspectors that hold them accountable.  These puppy factories are notorious for their filthy living conditions, overcrowded space, and the unhealthy dogs they produce. 100% of these dogs are forced to suffer through various things such as malnutrition, and exposure to dangerous elements without much shelter. The shelters they are provided with is laughable. The small, cramped kennels they are forced to live in with multiple other dogs is often made up of rotting wood and barbed wire. The puppies and mothers have to live in extreme climates of scorching summers and winters that get well below freezing.  Puppy mills are like this due to breeders wanting to save money. They do this by spending minimal on shelter, food, and health. Consequently this causes puppies and adult female dogs to get or produce animals with genetic or contracted diseases and abnormalities. They often contract fleas, ticks, worms, kennel cough, and the list continues with illnesses that spread. Their legs also tend to fall through the kennels which causes additional injuries that the breeders won't fix. The AWA (Animal Welfare Act) has failed at it's job to keep the dogs safe and needs to branch out it's regulations and restrictions on puppy mills. We can fix this however. One way is to sign this petition to allow it to go to USDA so they can make changes. Two other ways is to stop supporting puppy mills by buying from pet stores and to buy from shelters. We can also make donations to dog rescuing organizations such as The Humane Society, National Mill Rescue, LCA (Last Chance for Animals), and Wild Blue. Please help support these dogs in need of a better, safer life!  

Marlie Groshans
49 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Office of NJ Attorney General, NJ Consumer Affairs, Bruce Garganio, Senator Raymond Lesniak

Stop breeders convicted of animal cruelty that continue to breed/sell sick puppies

Donna Roberts was convicted of animal cruelty in 2007 for selling me and four others very sick puppies. Ms. Roberts paid a fine and has continued this horrifying practice. As recently as Dec 2016 she sold a sick puppy. Ms Roberts and her family are all over Burlington and Camden counties selling sick puppies, using several aliases, addresses and phone numbers.  Ms. Roberts kennel was quarantined in Shamong NJ but, that didn't stop her from selling. In fact she was found in violation in Sept 2016 and was issued " another" written warning.  There was a cease and desist order for her in Monmouth County, so, she has moved to south Jersey and continues doing this over and over. There have been many complaints filed, many of the authorities know all about what she has done. But, here we are and nothing is happening. She bullies and threatens buyers with legal action, she blames buyers for sick puppies.  If I told you every detail you would never believe that a human being is capable of this behavior. My puppy and others were so sick..in fact there are even puppies that did not survive and she shows no concern or remorse. Donna Roberts failed to follow NJ Consumer Law and was ordered to refund buyers payment which she never has done. This breeder uses several aliases and the whole family is involved. Donna Roberts, Truex,Abrams, Dueben. Dee Roberts, Marie, Susan and Marge. Also, uses Wm Payne. She operates in South Jersey area selling Havanese puppies. Ms Roberts and associates also sell boxers, boxer mix, shi tzu puppies and labs. Please, help us finally get justice, she needs to be stopped once and for all. How can they keep doing this to these poor dogs. Ms Roberts admittedly bought dogs from puppymills to sell/ breed. If you or anyone you know has been a victim, please, contact myself or NJ Consumer Affairs and BCSPCA.  There are many more disgusting details. I want this abuse to finally be stopped I want the dogs and families to have justice, not to be dismissed. Thank you.

Laurie Pallante
1,700 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Richard Fordyce

It’s time to ban dog auctions

Missouri is the top state in the nation for puppy mills in 2016 according to the Humane Society of the United States. 30 of the worst 100 puppy mills in the country call Missouri home -- some of whom are repeat offenders. These puppy mills continue to produce dogs, although over 3,200 dogs are euthanized every day, according to the ASPCA. Why do puppy mills keep producing so many puppies? Dog auctions make it possible for puppy mill operators to quickly sell as much of their “inventory” as possible. They create a financial incentive to overproduce puppies for pet stores and online vendors across the country. Here’s a recent example. An infamous Missouri breeder, who owns pet stores in New Jersey, was recently allowed to auction all of the animals held in his Missouri kennel after he was charged with 267 counts of animal abuse by the New Jersey SPCA. No one inspected the dogs sold at the auction for signs of abuse or illness. This lack of accountability is shameful and unacceptable. But it will continue as long as long as a financial incentive exists. We ask the Missouri Department of Agriculture to require state inspectors to inspect the health and monitor the stress of the dogs, before, during and after all dog auctions while working to ban dog auctions! Help us fight puppy mills by eliminating a key financial incentive -- the dog auction. Take the first step by signing this petition today urging our lawmakers to ban dog auctions now.

maxine reeker
119,915 supporters