Target: President Obama
Goal: Ban the import and end the suffering of puppies from Korean puppy mills.
Currently, there are no laws that ban or adequately regulate the import of puppies from Korean puppy mills into the US for retail purposes. Like puppy mills in the US, mills in Korea are profit-focused and rarely take into account the well-being of the dogs in their care. Puppies imported and sold in the US are often sick, and many of them die shortly after transport. Breeding dogs in Korean mills are kept in deplorable living conditions, and forced to produce litters of puppies at unhealthy rates. These dogs rarely receive proper care and often times live short, brutal lives.
The US euthanizes an estimated 3 to 4 million homeless animals in shelters yearly. Many of these animals are healthy, well-adjusted animals that could make amazing family pets if given a chance. With such high euthanasia rates, there is no reason why the US should be importing unhealthy puppy mill dogs from other countries.
Owners who unknowingly purchase puppies from Korean mills are being scammed. They expect their new furry family members to be healthy, but more often than not are faced with expensive vet bills and the heartache of caring for a sick puppy. Many times, even with veterinary intervention, puppy mill dogs do not survive long. There is no effective system to track puppies imported into the US from international puppy mills. The health condition, vaccination schedule, and true age of puppies is often times not accurately recorded. And yet these animals somehow continue to make it past US borders. Reported health issues from dogs imported from Korean mills include everything from parasite infections to deadly diseases such as Parvo and Canine Distemper.
By signing this petition, you are urging President Obama to take up this cause and create legislation to protect both dogs and US citizens from unethical Korean mill breeders. If Korean puppy millers were no longer allowed to import puppies to the US, the demand for these dogs would go down and puppy mills would shut down. Thousands of puppies would be spared the cruelty of being born in mills and inhumane shipping practices. Once demand for puppy mill puppies decreases, fewer breeding dogs would be forced to live torturous lives. Americans thinking of bringing a new puppy into their family would no longer be able to unknowingly buy sickly imported mill puppies, but instead would hopefully go to responsible local breeders or shelters/rescues to find their next best friend.
Dear President Obama,
Despite the fact that an estimated 3 to 4 million homeless animals are euthanized in United States shelters yearly, it continues to be legal for Korean puppy mill breeders to ship unhealthy puppies into the country for retail purposes. With such high euthanasia rates, there is no reason why the US should be importing unhealthy puppy mill dogs from other countries.
Not only are the dogs from Korean mills adding to the US pet overpopulation problem, but these dogs are often times misrepresented and unhealthy. There are currently no laws that ban or adequately regulate the import of puppies from Korean puppy mills into the US for retail purposes. This needs to change.
Please consider enacting new legislation to protect both dogs as well as the American citizens from unethical Korean mill breeders.
[Your Name Here]