Proposed Los Angeles Ordinance Validates Puppy Mill CriticismPosted by Posted by Chris Berry, ALDF's Litigation Fellow on August 17, 2012
How much is that puppy in the window of your local pet store? A lot more than just the $1,000 price tag. Lurking behind the shimmering windows and puppy eyes is a sordid underground of puppy, kitten and rabbit mills that churn out a steady supply young animals to stock the shelves.
These mills are large-scale breeding operations where females are constantly breeding in caged, unsanitary conditions with very little care or oversight. These animals often suffer from serious health ailments due to the unsanitary conditions and occasional inbreeding. Government regulations are insufficient and under-enforced. Additionally, animals purchased at pet stores displace shelter adoptions at a time when a shocking 4 million unwanted cats and dogs are euthanized in United States shelters every year.
Against this backdrop, organizations like the Animal Legal Defense Fund are pushing back hard against puppy mills. ALDF recently asked the USDA to finalize a rule to regulate internet pet stores and step up its overall enforcement. ALDF also filed a class-action lawsuit against a Los Angeles pet store that sold unhealthy puppy mill puppies leading to tragedy for the dogs and their adopters.
In a welcome and surprising move, the Los Angeles City Council is considering an ordinance that validates puppy mill criticism from groups like ALDF. The proposed ordinance requires that all dogs, cats, and rabbits sold in Los Angeles pet stores come exclusively from shelters, humane societies, or authorized rescue groups. If the ordinance passes, Los Angeles would join a growing community of cities that ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores.
Contact members of the LA City Council and tell them that you support the retail pet sale ban! You don’t have to live in LA to show your support!
If you live in LA, you can find your council district here. Click on the name of a council member to email them.
|Dennis P. Zine
|Herb J. Wesson, Jr.