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Chicago’s oldest pet store has decided to stop selling dogs purchased from breeders.
Sonja Raymond, whose family has been operating Collar & Leash since 1956, says the shop will deal only in adoptable dogs from shelters and rescues, according to CBS in Chicago
Raymond said she’d been considering the switch for five years – after noticing animals coming into the store with genetic defects and incurable illnesses, despite the assurances she received from her suppliers that the pups didn’t come from puppy mills.
“You know I had gone on the word of my distributors that I get my dogs from — that ‘Oh yeah these people are reputable, I’ve known them for years,” she said. “Within the past year I have found out they lied.”
Also pushing Collar & Leash to make the switch was the The Puppy Mill Project, a Chicago-based non-profit organization created to raise awareness about cruelty in puppy mills.
“We’d been in touch with the Puppy Mill Project Founder, Cari Meyers, for a long time, and realize it’s time we take this jump with them to help make a statement to put an end to puppy mills,” Raymond said.
“We will no longer buy and sell cats and dogs from mills and are proud to align ourselves with The Puppy Mill Project,” she said.
“It’s my biggest hope that as they become humane, other Chicago pet stores selling dogs and cats will follow in their footsteps, said Puppy Mill Project founder Meyers.
The store will hold a grand re-opening weekend Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 22nd, 2013 under Muttsblog.
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PETA, knowing better than most how much cute and fuzzy things appeal to the public, has tapped Justin Bieber to start in his second public service announcement for the organization.
According to PETA, Bieber wants his fans to know that buying a dog or a cat from a pet store or a breeder takes a home away from a shelter animal, 3 to 4 million of which end up euthanized in America each year. Buying a dog, PETA says, supports puppy mills, operations in which dogs are raised in cramped, crude, and filthy conditions.
While preparing for the release of his debut album, My World, Bieber devoted some time to talk to peta2 about compassion for animals — something he says his dog Sam helped instill in him. ”We moved to a city where we didn’t really know anybody, so I kinda wanted a friend around. And Sam was kinda like that friend.”
Bieber appears not with Sam, but with a dog named Bijoux in the newest PETA spot.
“It’s really important that people adopt,” Bieber says. “I really encourage going out to an animal shelter or a place where you can get a dog that has been abandoned or doesn’t have a home.”
You can learn more about Justin Bieber and his public service announcement at peta2.com
Posted by John Woestendiek January 28th, 2011 under Muttsblog.
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Hermosa Beach does not have any pet stores that sell dogs or cats — and if the city council has its way, it never will.
City officials took the first step Tuesday night in banning the sale of dogs and cats in city pet stores – a move designed to raise awareness about animal welfare issues, discourage puppy mills and encourage pet adoptions. A final vote is planned April 13.
An ordinance prohibiting the practice – modeled after a recently enacted ban in West Hollywood – won unanimous support from the city council and will return for final adoption at the next meeting, the Daily Breeze in Torrance reported.
City Manager Steve Burrell says the ban would not extend to veterinary clinics arranging and assisting in dog and cat adoptions.
“This is thought to provide the beginning of the emphasis on cutting down on the number of puppy mills and cat factories in various places,” Burrell said.
If it approves the ordinance, Hermosa Beach would join West Hollywood and South Lake Tahoe in outlawing the sales of dogs and cats in pet stores.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 26th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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How much is that puppy in the window?
He might not even be in the window, in another month, if the West Hollywood City Council approves a proposal that makes it illegal to sell a dog or a cat in a pet store.
The council unanimously approved the ordinance earlier this month. If officially passed tonight, as expected, the law would go into effect on March 19th, KTLA reports.
The ordinance is aimed at eliminating the demand for commercially bred dogs and cats and reduce inhumane conditions in the breeding industryt. It will include exemptions for those shops that can show they are selling humanely bred, reared or sheltered animals.
According to the city, existing pet stores will be given time “to adjust” to the new law.
“This ordinance represents an important step toward ridding our nation of the cruelty of puppy mills and other commercial assembly-line animal breeders,” Councilman Jeffrey Prang said. “The ordinance not only contributes to the fight against animal cruelty it also recognizes the enormous cost of pet overpopulation in our society, both fiscal and humanitarian impacts. I urge those seeking pet companionship to consider adoption from municipal shelters and other nonprofit rescue agencies.”
The city of West Hollywood has traditionally been ahead of the curve when it comes to animal welfare. It made headlines in 2003 when it banned cat declawing.
The new ordinance is backed by the Companion Animal Protection Society, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the Humane Society of the United States.
Posted by John Woestendiek February 16th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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Canadian-born actress Rachelle Lefevre, one of the stars of the movie “Twilight,” has taped a public service announcement for Best Friends Animal Society, urging viewers to adopt rather than purchase from a pet store or breeder.
Lefevre, who plays Victoria in both “Twilight” and its sequel, “New Moon,” is the new spokeswoman for Best Friends’ Puppies Aren’t Products campaign.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 3rd, 2009 under Muttsblog, videos.
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ABC Correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi and investigators from Nightline visited numerous commercial breeding facilities in the area, and the report includes an on-camera interview with a Mennonite breeder who allowed a tour of his facility, which houses about 200 dogs. The breeder, identified only as Ezekiel, says his dogs are healthy and happy, and says he doesn’t operate a “puppy factory. He also goes on about how much “safer” it is for the dogs to run in caged treadmills as opposed to outdoors.
The report also documents the work of Main Line Animal Rescue, whose founder, Bill Smith, says female dogs at the farms live their lives producing litter after litter, then are disposed of — sometimes euthanized, sometimes shot.
There are about 300 licensed breeders in Lancaster County, and rescue workers estimate another 600 unlicensed facilities operate in barns and sheds, according to the ABC report. Those breeders go to great measures to avoid discovery. Smith says some even “de-bark” their dogs.
“The farmers, the Amish and the Mennonites, they pull the heads back and then they hammer sharp instruments down their throats to scar their vocal cords so they can’t bark,” he said. “So that way they can have 500-600 dogs in a barn and no one knows. As we said, it’s an industry of secrecy.”
Breeders can make upwards of half million dollars a year. The Amish breeders sell the dogs at auctions and the puppies often end up at pet stores.
“People are deceived,” Smith said. “They’re nice enough and they put down their money and they walk away with a dog and they don’t realize that there are 500 dogs in a barn … suffering horribly. So it’s something that people have to be aware of. They have to know that going in. When they buy these dogs, they’re keeping that going.”
(Photos: Mary Hunt Davis/Main Line Animal Rescue)
Posted by John Woestendiek March 27th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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South Lake Tahoe has moved one step closer to banning the retail sale of dogs and cats by pet stores.
The Nevada city’s planning commission recommended approval of the proposed ordinance on a 4-1 vote Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. It now will go to the City Council for consideration.
Supporters say the ordinance would allow the city to do its part to combat puppy mills—high-volume breeding facilities considered inhumane by animal welfare organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States, which says most dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills.
If approved, the ordinance would give stores that sell dogs or cats two years to phase out that part of their business.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 16th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard
To get her old dog a bone.
When she got there, the cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best, and Jean Tarazewich of Lynchburg, VA has hatched a real beauty. Jean is the owner of J.J.’s Pampered Pets, a pet store in Lynchburg, VA. She realized about four months ago that some of her regular customers were beginning to have a hard time financially and that their pets were beginning to suffer. That’s how the idea of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was born. It’s a food pantry for pets.
Jean didn’t rush into production with her brilliant idea. She got together with friends and employees and made careful plans for the opening of the pantry. Angela Doss canvassed for donations and reports that only two businesses refused to contribute. A number of suppliers suggested that they could donate food in damaged containers. This is fine idea for non-saleable but still good food that would otherwise go to waste, and it’s a practice borrowed from the “gleaning” at human food pantries.
Free grooming services are also available through Jean’s groomer, Aaron Spinner, who is donating five groomings per month.
After several weeks of planning, soliciting donations, and putting up flyers, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard opened this past Saturday. While the turnout was small (ten pounds of cat food, twenty of dog food were given away), Jean is not discouraged. She believes that her idea will take root and grow, that people will begin dropping off donations, and that financially-troubled pet owners will realize that they have a resource that may enable them to keep their pets. She also hopes that her idea will spread to other areas and that perhaps human food banks might operate pet food banks as an additional service. You can read a full account of Jean’s efforts at the Lynchburg News & Advance.
I visited Jean’s website, and while it does appear that she carries both puppies and kittens, it also appears that she’s buying them locally. Nevertheless, she deserves a lot of credit for a brilliant and simple idea that could help keep humans and their pets together in these tough times.
Anne and Spencer
Protesters turned out at about 25 Petland stores in 15 states over the weekend in a choreographed series of demonstrations against the marketing of puppy mill puppies.
Petland, after an 8-month investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, was identified by the organization as the largest retail supporter of puppy mills in the nation.
HSUS says its investigation revealed that many Petland stores across the country are marketing puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers.
Petland denies the accusation.
“To encourage the company to mend its way, we’ve organized rallies at 22 Petland stores across the country this Saturday,” HSUS President Wayne Pacelle said in his blog, “A Humane Nation.”
HSUS is encouraging Petland to allow adoptions in its stores, as PETCO and PetSmart do, rather than selling puppies.
Petland says the charges are untrue and slanderous. Here’s the full text of a press release the company issued Friday:
Posted by John Woestendiek January 12th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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America’s largest chain of puppy-selling pet stores, Petland Inc., is also the nation’s largest retail supporter of puppy mills, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
An eight-month investigation by the HSUS reveals that many Petland stores across the country are marketing puppy mill puppies to unsuspecting consumers. There are more than 200 Petland stores worldwide, with about 140 in the U.S., and they sell tens of thousands of puppies each year.
Many of the puppies sold at Petland stores come from massive commercial breeders in Missouri and other Midwestern states, where hundreds of breeding dogs are packed into cramped, barren cages, the HSUS says.
The HSUS is urging people to contact Petland’s corporate headquarters to ask Petland to stop selling puppy mill puppies.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 24th, 2008 under Muttsblog, videos.
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