Target: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory
Goal: Institute dog-breeding regulations and outlaw puppy mills
North Carolina has come under fire for lack of regulations against puppy mills. Despite a need for a bill to protect animals from cruel and inhumane puppy mill conditions, the North Carolina government has routinely refused to pass legislation. In 2014, in fact, the Senate announced that it would not consider passing dog-breeding legislation. Urge the government to enact more stringent regulations, and crack down on dog breeding operations.
In the face of public outcry and government crack-downs on puppy mills, North Carolina has become a refuge of sorts for unregulated breeding of dogs. With little to no regulations—animal control officers must first prove ‘unjustifiable pain and suffering’ according to state animal cruelty law, before busting puppy mills—animals suffer in substandard and inhumane conditions.
Breeding regulations in other surrounding states have pushed breeding toward North Carolina, with the subsequent result of increased raids on puppy mills, continued suffering of animals, and violations of basic welfare. Hundreds of thousands of dogs are euthanized in North Carolina each year, and countless others forced to live as breeders in squalid conditions. Dogs in puppy mills are often packed into tiny cages, living in their own excrement and massive ammonia build-up from urine. Some die of starvation, neglect, or malnutrition; others are literally bred to death, the strain of carrying puppies proving too much for their bodies to handle. Rescued animals are frequently in deplorable condition, emaciated or matted or suffering severe health issues.
A bill passed in 2013 does provide for minimum standards of care for ten or more dogs, but has been criticized as being watered down and ineffectual. There must be stricter regulation; that much is clear, as raids continue to turn up atrocious conditions and welfare violations.
The disregard for these animals and the cruelty suffered in the name of profit is completely unconscionable. North Carolina has gone too long without adequate regulation against puppy mills, and animals continue to suffer because of it. The legislature must take action to crack down on puppy mills.
Dear Governor Pat McCrory,
The North Carolina Senate recently stated that it will not consider enacting a puppy mill bill in 2014 despite the need to do so. Puppy mills continue to flourish in North Carolina due to nonexistent regulations, and the protective legislation that does exist specifies only minimum care requirements for ten or more dogs. With surrounding states enacting stronger laws to crack down on puppy mills, breeding has moved to North Carolina. Thousands of animals suffer in puppy mills every year, and the conditions in which they live are too often found to be completely inhumane.
I ask that you take action and implement regulations that would crack down on puppy mills, protect animals from cruel conditions, and ensure the welfare of thousands of animals. Typical conditions in puppy mills are deplorable, and animals are bred far too often and far too young, and often contained in cramped, filthy cages. They may suffer starvation or neglect, or die of preventable diseases.
Continued, unregulated breeding also worsens the problem of unwanted animals and increases the number of dogs and cats euthanized every year.
North Carolina must take action to protect these animals, and ensure an end to breeding operations.
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