A young woman demonstrates against puppy mills outside a Petland store in S. Florida, 2008
The Humane Society of the United States is bringing the fight against puppy mills to a city near you.
The Stop Puppy Mills campaign is holding demonstrations outside Petland stores nationwide on Saturday May 9, 2009.
The HSUS, which has been battling puppy mills for decades, defines these organizations as "commercial-breeding facilities that raise dogs in shockingly poor conditions, placing profit and a low overhead above the health of breeding dogs and their puppies", noting that "the dogs are often kept in wire cages, stacked on top of each other, with no exercise, socialization, veterinary care, or loving human interaction. After their fertility wanes, the breeding animals are destroyed or discarded." The puppy mill industry is a heartless system with little regard for the well-being of the animals enslaved therein other than to keep them producing, like machines, for as long as possible.
An appeal in black & white outside a Petland store in S. Florida, 2008
A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Petland and the Hunte Corporation for allegedly "violating federal and state laws by misleading customers across the country into believing the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders, when in fact many of them come from commercial dog producers known as puppy mills." A large number of puppy mill puppies are sold to unsuspecting consumers despite having serious health issues such as infectious diseases and congenital defects.
Demonstrators can serve multiple purposes when they meet outside Petland stores across the country on Saturday. One can be to educate the public about Petland's clear connection to the puppy mill industry, and another can be to encourage those thinking of bringing a dog into their family to make the decision to adopt a shelter pet rather than buying from a pet store. Sadly, as consumers shop at pet stores, millions of healthy, adoptable shelter animals are euthanized each year in the United States.
The message is clear - outside a Petland store in S. Florida, 2008
Personal note: I will be demonstrating outside my local Petland store at 3964 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 from 11am to 1pm with a group of committed volunteers and animal rights activists. If you are local, please consider joining us. For more information about this demonstration, please contact Elena at firstname.lastname@example.org