During the Christmas season, it is easy to get caught up in the shopping frenzy and make impulse purchases we later regret. Some of those poor consumer choices include buying puppies from pet stores or from websites. Even worse is the scenario where a puppy born in and abused at a puppy mill is purchased impulsively by an uninformed shopper, and after the holidays dumped at an animal shelter where it is later euthanized.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hoping holiday shoppers will think twice, and not purchase puppies from pet stores or online for their families because of the chance those puppies could be from puppy mills where they were neglected or abused. No one who buys a puppy from these outlets wants to be supporting animal cruelty at puppy mills, but they are simply unaware of the sources of the puppies they purchase.
For this reason, the ASPCA is running a No Pet Store Puppies campaign so that more people can be made aware of the connection between some pet stores, online pet shopping, and puppy mills. “The image of an adorable puppy with a red bow is a familiar icon of the holiday season. Unfortunately, chances are that the puppy in your local pet store came from a puppy mill, and shopping for anything at those stores this holiday season only serves to perpetuate animal suffering,” said Laurie Beacham, an ASPCA campaign manager. (Source: PRNewswire.com)
Their No Pet Store Puppies campaign also includes the publishing of billboard ads on forty billboards in the Los Angeles area.
When shoppers purchase puppies from pet stores and websites, they not only could be unknowingly supporting the puppy mill industry, they also are missing the opportunity to save the life of a puppy at an animal shelter that could be euthanized if not adopted. Millions of adoptable animals are euthanized each year, and some of them could be saved if consumers were more aware. The tragic loss of animal life takes place year round, and is easily preventable if people take the time to inform themselves properly.
If Christmas is supposed to be about giving, then adopting a puppy, dog, or cat from an animal shelter is really the best choice.
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