Protesters Urge Boycott of Indiana Pet Stores Linked to Deplorable "Puppy Mills"January 31st, 2008
Give something warm, fuzzy, and cruelty-free this Valentine’s – Get a dog from a shelter, not a pet store
Fishers, Ind. – Holding posters that read "Be a Sweetheart, Don’t Buy Pet Store Puppies" and "Have a Heart - Adopt, Don’t Shop" a group of concerned citizens will be urging shoppers to boycott Uncle Bill’s Pet Center and Safari Pets, and all stores that sell puppies. Pet store puppies often come from large "puppy mills" where dogs, living in row upon row of wire cages, are treated as mere commodities and their most basic needs are often neglected. Uncle Bill’s Pet Centers and Safari Pets are of particular concern because they purchase their animals from Levi Graber, a broker for puppy mills in Odon, Indiana and the surrounding area. Katie Brophy, a Louisville attorney and the chair of the board of the national non-profit Animal Legal Defense Fund, will be leading the two weekend protests:
Saturday, February 2nd 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Uncle Bill’s Pet Center
14061 Mundy Drive, Fishers, IN 46038
Saturday, February 2nd 2:30 to 4:00 PM
9265 U.S. Highway 36, Avon, IN 46123
Why should you adopt instead of shop? A recent investigation into a Beverly Hills pet store to the stars made national headlines when puppies sold to celebrity clientele including Paris Hilton could be traced back to large, unlicensed puppy mills in the Midwest. The mass production of puppies for pet stores is supported by filthy--and often criminally cruel--puppy mill operations, which force breeding dogs to have litter after litter until their tired bodies give out, and result in countless puppies who suffer from serious untreated veterinary conditions being sold to unsuspecting consumers each year.
"The Animal Legal Defense Fund strongly discourages people from buying an animal from any breeder or pet store," says Brophy. "Not only do purchases from stores like Uncle Bill’s Pet Centers and Safari Pets support the misery of puppy mills, but meanwhile, millions of perfectly healthy, adoptable animals are killed every year at shelters across the states, simply for the lack of a home."