Report: Welfare and Industry interests joining forces to address puppy-mill issue

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A lot of puppy mill news is coming across the old Pack News Wire of late. It’s good to see. This time, it’s news that a number of animal-welfare and business groups are joining forces to address the topic of puppy mills.

The team includes: American Pet Products Association (APPA), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), Pet Industry Distributors Association (PIDA), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) and retailers Petco and Petland.

I hope Petland is serious about this. This chain has been accused in the past of selling puppy-mill puppies. Is Petland still selling puppies, while being involved in this effort? I did a quick Web search and found articles suggesting Petland was ending its puppy and kitten sales, in favor of promoting adoptions. I hope this transition is complete.

The press release I found on a couple of news sites states the group has “defined a puppy mill as a dog-breeding operation, which offers dogs for monetary compensation or remuneration, in which the physical, psychological and/or behavioral needs of the dogs are not being fulfilled due to inadequate housing, shelter, staffing, nutrition, socialization, sanitation, exercise, veterinary care, and/or inappropriate breeding” 

For more information on this definition, go to

To view the complete release and see information on each organization involved in the effort, go to this LINK.