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puppy mills

41 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Missouri Governor, Missouri State House, Missouri State Senate, Chris Chinn

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
122,657 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to John Suthers, Don Knight, David Geislinger, Richard Skorman, Yolanda Avila, Andy Pico, Bill Murray, Tom Strand, Merv Bennett

Tell Colorado Springs City Council and Mayor to Ban Puppy-Mill Dogs from Pet Stores

Please ask the Colorado Springs City Council to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs in local pet stores. Such a ban would encourage pet stores to market shelter dogs to potential loving owners.   This ban will end the economic incentives for the puppy-mill industry, where dogs typically spend their entire lives in cages six inches larger than their bodies and are denied basic medical care.   Currently the city of Colorado Springs spends 1.4 million a year on animal control, due to pet overpopulation.  Many of these unwanted animals were dogs purchased from pet stores and subsequently abandoned due to behavioral or health issues. This ban will also protect local consumers. Puppies obtained from pet stores are more likely to exhibit aggression and be sick.  There are no laws in the state of Colorado to protect these types of consumers and they are bound by the contract they sign with the pet store.  Furthermore, pet stores are often untruthful about where the puppies come from. Lastly, a majority of sales from pet stores are financed through predatory finance schemes similar to payday loans. Over 200 cities within the United States have already adopted a similar ban to protect these long suffering innocent animals.  Tell Colorado Springs it needs to get on board and protect man's best friend!!  

Bonnie Dunlop
2,339 supporters