Require Pet Stores to Sell Rescue Animals Only

Target: Mississippi, Governor Phil Bryant,

Pet stores are filled with commercially bred animals when there are plenty of orphan animals in shelters and rescue centers.

Puppy mills are intensive dog-breeding facilities where dogs are often kept in cramped, filthy conditions with little to no concern for their welfare. Reports of rampant cruelty are abundant: breeding dogs are confined to wire cages their entire lives, never given any positive attention or allowed to go outdoors. Many investigations found animals wading in their own excrements, locked away in dark cellars, suffering from disease, distress and malnourishment. Puppies and kittens are torn away from their mothers at an early age — often exhibiting behavioral issues as a result — to be sold for profit in commercial pet stores. Most people do not realize that by buying a dog, cat or other animal from a pet shop they are directly supporting the cruelty that takes place in these horrific facilities.

This new ban would help curtail this widespread cruelty, saving countless animals from this appalling treatment. It would also lighten the load of animal rescues and shelters that are often financially overstretched and at full capacity, while curbing the city’s stray dog and cat issue. Sign this petition urging Mississippi officials to pass this greatly beneficial ordinance, joining over 100 U.S. cities that have already banned the sale of commercially-bred cats and dogs.

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  • Kara Walmsley
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