End Puppy Mills by Demanding Pet Shops Only Sell Rescue Animals

Target: Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland

Goal: Replace ineffective new breeder registration bill with a complete ban on selling non-rescue dogs to prevent overpopulation and cruel puppy mills.

A bill passed by lawmakers requiring dog breeders to be registered will do very little to effectively protect the animals. While requiring all breeders to register is a good initial step, authorities in Queensland, Australia, should be monitoring dog breeding more efficiently with the aim of ending all puppy farming in the state. Pet shops should also be required to sell animals from shelters and rescues only in order to combat pet overpopulation and high numbers of animal euthanasia.

Dogs exploited by illicit puppy mill breeders are often kept in cramped and filthy conditions and forced to give birth to litter after litter before being abandoned when they are too old. Their puppies often have heath issues as a result, which can lead to suffering and premature death. Puppy mill operators should not be allowed to continue cruelly exploiting animals for profit. Two other states, Western Australia and Victoria, have already introduced policies to turn pet shops into adoption centers.

Sign this petition urging Queensland authorities to follow other states’ lead and ban the sale of non-rescue animals.


Dear Ms. Palaszczuk,

A bill passed in Queensland requiring dog breeders to be registered is unfortunately not effective enough at combatting cruel puppy mills. This is a good initial step, but tougher legislation is needed to protect countless animals from suffering at the hands of illicit breeders.

Animals in puppy farms are often bred in dirty and cramped conditions, which results in suffering and health issues. Puppy mill operators should not be allowed to carry on mistreating and exploiting animals in Queensland, especially while Western Australia and Victoria may soon turn pet shops into adoption centers.

I urge you to introduce similar legislation in Queensland and ban the sale of non-rescue animals.


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  1. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    So obvious a solution to nasty puppy farms but again the profit wins over common sense and humanity.

    • Another solution is stricter spay-and-neuter laws. I live in the U.S., where millions of unwanted dogs and cats are euthanized in our shelters every year…yes, millions. I have been driving for different rescue transports for several years. Last week I learned that we are transporting so many dogs to Canada because it does have strict laws. Dog breeders must have a license and are limited to only a couple of litters a year. So people who want dogs for pets are adopting those which come from the states. Got to give Canada credit on this one.


  3. So obvious, SHUT down the greed driven mills!

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