The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has just launched a new part of the No Pet Store Puppies campaign to raise awareness about cruel practices in puppy mills. Many pet stores and websites selling pets get their puppies from puppy mills. While the stores and websites themselves may not be treating the puppies cruelly, they are supporting the puppy mills where such abuse is taking place. It doesn’t take much to understand the bigger picture, and yet there are still some consumers who refuse to inform themselves accurately about where many puppies come from, or are simply oblivious.
For example, in the area where the campaign was launched a recent poll found 86 percent of local residents would not buy a puppy if they knew it was from a puppy mill, 74 percent were unaware of the fact that most puppies sold there do come from puppy mills.
‘Those adorable puppies in the pet store window are hard to resist, but, unfortunately, shopping at pet stores that sell puppies only serves to support the puppy mill industry,” said Laurie Beacham, Senior Director, ASPCA Strategy & Campaigns.
One of the issues is that the purchase of a puppy is often done on a whim, without careful consideration of where the puppy comes from, and how buying one from a puppy mill unintentionally supports cruelty to them, because puppy mills put profits over proper care. At a pet store, the cute factor appeals to many and they find the purchase nearly irresistible, meaning they haven’t done any research about where the puppies come from, and probably don’t ask in the pet store. Also, puppies for sale are often separated from their litters and mothers, and then are uprooted again if their new owner tires of them quickly, and dumps them at an animal shelter. This fickleness also is cruel to a young dog, because they are very social creatures and social bonds are critically important. The best consumer choice is to inform oneself before making a decision, and not make a purchase without doing so. Buying an animal is not like shoe shopping, but some treat it as the same, or a similar experience.
The ASPCA was founded over 140 years ago, and continues to be a leading advocate for animal welfare.
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