Put an End to the High Value Sale of Dog Breeds

Target: Mitch McConnell, Majority Leader of the Senate

Goal: Enact legislation to prevent dog breeds from being sold for high values.

Every day dogs are bred at an alarming rate purely for the sake of selling them later for a massive profit. This happens all around the world, but particularly in the United States. Pure bred dogs are usually sold for an exorbitant amount of money–money which only goes to profit the breeder and help continue the breeding process. Very rarely does the money from purchasing a dog go toward rescue organizations, animal shelters, or any of the other various outlets dedicated to protecting and taking care of animals, particularly dogs.

If you limit how much pure bred dogs could sell for, then you take away the incentive for money-hungry dog breeders to continue breeding the animals. Most breeders will breed dogs purely so they can make a large profit return without any consideration for the unique and beautiful creature that they are raising. Just about any animal rescue in the country will tell you to spay and neuter your pets so that they don’t overpopulate, yet breeders do exactly the opposite–they breed dogs purely for the sake of breeding more.

Breeding creates a sense of superiority among owners, many of whom believe that their dogs are superior due to genetics. This creates an incentive for dog breeders to raise the price of their “products” so that the buyer will feel that they spent the top dollar to get a “truly superior beast.”

Creating an outright ban on breeding will only create a much larger black market of breeding, yet by putting a ceiling on how much can be legally spent on a dog, you take away the incentive for legal dog breeders to continue their operation. Demand a sales cap be set on high value dogs, making it so that no dog can be sold for more than $2,000.


Dear Mitch McConnell,

Every day millions of dogs are being bred in captivity against their will solely for the sake of making their breeders big bucks. Dogs are bred to the point that they develop serious health issues as a result of reckless breeding, dogs will be killed for not meeting the standards of breeders, and dogs are being raised with the sole purpose of turning a profit–and this is all done legally. There are no federal laws preventing dog breeders from breeding their animals. There are animal cruelty laws in place, sure, but none that prevent animals from being bred against their will 100 times over.

If you put a sales cap on how much a dog can be purchased for, then you take away some of the largest profit margins in the country. There are dogs that will sell for $1.6 million, yet only cost a few thousand to raise. That sort of profit margin is made illegal in just about any other industry in the United States, so why is it still legal in dog breeding?

It’s been made very clear that people in this country care about animals, especially dogs. Just look at the amount of rescue organizations we have in this country. People are tired of seeing animals mistreated and want to do something about it, however breeding is a problem that seems too big to fail. This is why we are calling on you, our lawmakers, to do something


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  1. Rhona LaBruzzo says:

    You feel like puking? Google puppy mill abuse. This is heartbreaking and stoppable. Limiting the price on these breeds will help in the ignorant people that see dollar signs and not dogs, cats, etc. There are so many. As long as ‘the rich, the stupid, and the selfish’ people keep buying these labeled pets, there will be greedy people that abuse the pets and the pets are the ones that are suffering. Please, help stop this abuse.

  2. Adopt from the humane society they have Beautiful dogs alot cheaper than buying pure breed from a breeder…dogs and cats are being put to sleep because NO ONE wants them…how would you feel if NO ONE wanted you?? animals have Emotions too..they know when they are NOT wanted…com’on humans adopt these beautiful dogs and cats and give them a real home sooooo they feel Loved and Wanted !!!! thank you

  3. Breeders are crap.

  4. Puppy mills and all breeding should Be stopped. Just a friggin blight on the earth. 4 MILLION animals killed in she
    Tee another 5or 6 MILLION strays dying slow deaths on the street how could anyone who in NOT dumpkopf see that this greedy cycle of suffering and despair should be STOPPED!!! How crazy stupid is it to keep breeding innocent animals to kill torture tether in yards and leav to dye on the streets sick and disturbing that anyone is breeding domestic animals!

  5. 4 MILLION killed in U.S. Shelters each year!! Another 5 to 6 MILLION estimated to be stray and dying on our streets!, stop this insanity!

  6. Unfortunately the puppy mill breeders are just out for profit and this is cowardly abuse of animals!However there are some extremely responsible breeders who are very careful about the number of puppies they breed during the year!Some of these breeders help shelters and stray dogs so we can’t put every breeder into one category.

  7. Mongoose Jones says:

    ALL breeders of dogs are NOT abusive or just “out for the money”…..puppy mill owners are another story.

    Puppy mill owners do breed purebred dogs (and some cats) but ONLY for the money and give the pups and their parents the LEAST amount of care, food, medicine, etc as they can get away with. The parent dogs suffer far more than the puppies, as they spend ALL their lives in tiny cages, with NO exercise, no attention, affection, vet care, never seeing the sun, grass, trees, sky, nothing but the wire cages all around them, and above and below them.

    THE USDA is “over” all things that relate to animals such as factory farms, circuses, roadside zoos, puppy mills……they could STOP puppy mills but will not.

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