Bites with Kristin Bauer: Puppy MillsPosted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on June 16, 2011
Die-hard fans of HBO’s hit vampire drama True Blood know there are only two weeks to go until the Season 4 premier episode airs on June 26. For devotees who are, ah, drained by all this waiting, ALDF is running a three-part exclusive interview with actress Kristin Bauer–a.k.a. Vampire Pam–throughout the month of June.
Today, Kristin shares her reaction to cities like El Paso, Albuquerque, and West Hollywood banning the sales of dogs and cats in pet stores. With the assistance of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, municipalities from coast to coast are exploring ways to prohibit the sale of dogs and cats obtained from large-scale commercial breeding operations. Known as puppy mills and kitten factories, these enterprises put profit above animal welfare, producing cats and dogs with little regard for their health or genetic quality.
“The suffering that these animals go through is truly astounding and very wrong and unnecessary,” explains Kristin. Since one of the main conduits for puppy mill dogs is retail stores, stronger regulation of retail sales can help stop the tragedy of puppy mills and kitten factories. And so far, the bans are working According to Animal Humane New Mexico, since the ban began, animal adoptions in Albuquerque have increased by 23 percent and euthanasia at the city’s shelters has dropped by 35 percent.
Check out what Kristin found when she asked her local pet store, “Where do you get these puppies?” And check back with aldf.org next week for another “bite” with Kristin!