Target: California lawmakers
Goal: Encourage anti puppy mill ordinances
The inhumane and unsanitary practices in puppy mills make headlines daily. Animal welfare organizations rescue hundreds of sick and dying animals from mills on a routine basis. However these mills are still permitted to operate, often unregulated and with few repercussions.
In 2012, Mayor Michael D. Antonovich and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance to stop the sale of dogs from puppy mills. The ordinance made several significant improvements like closing mills with reputations for abuse, and creating more humane breeding rules for pregnant female dogs and puppies. Furthermore, the ordinance required local pet stores to inform customers of where animals came from.
Unfortunately these ordinances are still rare, and puppy mill standards are largely unobserved in the United States. It is not uncommon for pet stores to sell sick and injured animals without customer awareness. Puppy mills also negatively impact shelters, where thousands of strays are euthanized each year due to lack of adoptions. It is estimated that 15% of U.S. pet store sales come from the state of California. Thus it is particularly important to raise awareness of pet sale practices in this state.
By signing this petition, you can encourage other counties in California to enact legislation modeled after the Los Angeles anti puppy mill ordinance.
Dear California lawmakers,
We are pleased that the recent anti puppy mill legislation in California has raised awareness of animal abuse. However these changes must be replicated in other counties in order to make a widespread and meaningful impact on the US.
As you may know, there are several loopholes that allow puppy mill owners to get away with crimes, neglect procedures, and even allow animals to slowly die while continuing business. While most businesses would be condemned and shut down for illegal activity, puppy mills continue to operate unscathed. These mills will not stop creating problems for animals, pet stores, customers, and shelters until they are held accountable with stricter laws and penalties.
Most shelters are packed to capacity with adoptable animals, while puppy mills force mothers to breed constantly and sell sick and injured animals to uninformed pet store customers. This system is an inexcusable and unsustainable way to handle animals and it can be changed with your help.
The state of California must enact widespread legislation modeled after the anti puppy mill ordinance in Los Angeles. Please use your power to stop the sale of animals from puppy mills.
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