Updates: White House puppy mill petition, dogs-have-souls lawsuit and Ohio dog auctions
I’ve got updates and more information on three hot stories on the animal-welfare front.
White House suggests new steps against puppy mills: As the North Country Gazette and other sites are reporting, the official White House response to an online petition calling for improved regulations against puppy-mill operators suggests positive steps will be taken in this area.
A quote from the ASPCA: “” “The existing regulations were drafted pre-Internet. They allow many commercial breeders to operate without a license and without any inspections—meaning they are not accountable to anyone for their breeding and care standards,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA’s Puppy Mills Campaign. “The ASPCA is encouraged that the USDA has committed to help end the suffering of millions of breeding dogs and protect consumers by finally closing this loophole.” “”
More than 32,000 citizens signed the petition posted by the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society Legislative Fund and the ASPCA.
The White House response states the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) “is currently developing proposed regulations that would ensure that Internet breeders provide their animals with care and treatment that meets the AWA standards.”
NY lawsuit stating dogs have living souls gaining media attention: A blogger on the Mother Nature Network has blogged about the New York woman who has filed a lawsuit after the puppy she purchased at a store for $1650 was diagnosed with “genetic defects.”
She wants the puppy’s medical bills to be paid by the store and more – to show the legal standing in cases such as this should be a step beyond damages to a physical possession, for dogs have souls. Her vet bills are up to $4,000 and the dog will probably never fully recover.
The store has a new owner, but is still selling puppies. This should illegal, as breeders can hide at far-off locations and sell through the stores. And one other point to make – why the hell would anyone buy a puppy for $1650 – much less from a store.
There are multiple lessons to be learn from this story, one being the FAR BETTER choice is adopting homeless pets.
In his Mother Nature Network post, Russell McLendon includes this info – “” The ASPCA says about 10,000 commercial breeders in the U.S. could be defined as puppy mills, which are characterized by overbreeding, failing to screen for genetic problems, and keeping animals in unhealthy or cruel conditions. “”
There’s another great definition of a puppy mill. The folks fighting against new regulations on puppy mills always toss out the tire, old claim that there are no real definitions of a puppy mill. – Not true.
Ohio breeders group owns auction facility: The Plain Dealer reports the Ohio Professional Dog Breeders Association purchased the state’s only dog auction facility back in April of 2011. The auction is currently not in operation but the organization is leaving the door open to restart operation there.
The Coalition to Ban Ohio Dog Auction held protests at the site – rightfully so. But Polly Britton, a lobbyist for the Ohio Association of Animal Owners is quoted in the article as saying, there is “absolutely nothing inherently wrong with selling animals at auction. And Ohio is not in the business of putting animal owners out of business, especially in today’s shaky economy.”
Well – Ohio should be in the business of putting puppy mills out of business and any entity out of business that mistreats animals. This also from the article – “” Activists have reported seeing ill, weak, dirty, injured and genetically-flawed dogs at the auction, where cameras and cell phones were not allowed. “”