The Puppy Mill Project (TPMP) plans a march in Chicago on September 22 to raise awareness about puppy mills. The march is part of national Puppy Mill Awareness Day. Other anti-puppy mill and animal advocacy organizations are expected to participate.
Chicago City Clerk, Susana Mendoza will be the parade’s grand marshal. Mendoza who has a track record of leadership and fighting for legislation was a logical choice for this honor.
A Puppy Mill Project spokeswoman says “We expect 300 people to join us on Sept 22 for Puppy Mill Awareness “
(NOTE BUYER BEWARE When you see links to puppies for sale like the ones to the right of this article, the puppies may be coming directly from puppy mills which until September 10 did not come under USDA protection. According to a Blog written by HSUS president, Wayne Pacelle, "Tens of thousands of dogs suffering in substandard, filthy, and overcrowded cages for years on end will finally get the protection they deserve as a result of a rule the U.S. Department of Agriculture will formally adopt today."
The Puppy Mill Project is active in participating in events to educate the public about Puppy Mills. According to the organizations website, “Ninety Nine percent (99%) of all pet store puppies are puppy mill puppies. Most people are unaware of this “
The website also claims, "Puppy mills are cruel, inhumane breeding facilities whose sole focus is profit. There is little or no concern for the health and well being of the animals. Puppies are born with severe health, behavioral and socialization issues. Breeding dogs are neglected, starved and left sick and injured without medical care or relief from overwhelming pain."
TPMP warns about purchasing puppies from pet stores or website. It suggests that an alternative for pet stores that sell puppies is to become humane stores. This is a business model where a pet store only works with dog resuce organization and doesn’t sell puppies from puppy mills.
The HSUS estimates there are between 2 million and 2.5 million puppies born in puppy mills. There are approximately 12,000 to 15,000 puppy mill puppies sold annually in in Illinois pet stores .
Puppy Mill Awareness Day was started 10 years ago by Carol Araneo Mayer who is an a national and international anti puppy mill advocate.
Registration is free for the Puppy Mill Project march, and the March is scheduled to start at 12 pm September 22 at the Chicago River and Michigan Ave. Visit the Puppy Mill Project Web Site for more information.