Review: Very interesting editorial on puppy mills

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The Arizona Daily Star ran a thought-provoking editorial Monday, concerning a proposed ban on pet sales in stores in Tucson, Ariz. and the connection to puppy mills.

The writer notes data from the Humane Society of the US – where it is reported an estimated “176,000 dogs are held for breeding in more than 10,000 puppy mills nationwide. Millions of puppies are the product.”

A quote is included from an Arizona Republic article, by Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates. He claims bans such as this are “part of a systematic approach that we’ve seen where behavior by businesses is being criminalized.”

These all-or-nothing” and turning slippery slopes to falling off the cliffs need to stop. Animal-welfare advocates are only trying to criminalize criminal behavior.

The writer does understand the horrors of puppy mills. But then we have following that requires a bit of a correction:

Some pet stores, including PetSmart and Petco, sell animals from local shelters. It’s good PR and good business.

PetSmart and Petco are not selling homeless pets. These stores are allowing adoptions on site from local rescue groups.

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