Target: Dr. Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria, Australia
Goal: Stop attempts to weaken the regulation of cruel breeding facilities known as “puppy factories”
According to an article in the Courier-Mail, the government coalition in Victoria, Australia has decided at the last minute to support changes to animal welfare legislation. These changes are entirely negative and inhumane in nature, for they give operators of puppy factories in Victoria the right to allow female dogs to be bred in captivity for their entire lives, and end requirements for mandatory health checks before breeding and after the dogs gives birth.
Puppy factories are cruel, dark places. Animals Australia, one of the many non-profits opposing these commercial breeding facilities, describes the dogs’ living conditions as unsanitary and devoid of love. These dogs rarely if ever get to go out on walks, and their restrictive cages often lack room for them to stand up. Most of them will be put to death when they are no longer of use, and those lucky enough to be purchased by families often suffer from permanent mental illness due to their trauma.
It is time to take this fight directly to the government of Australia and demand that officials provide better protection for innocent puppies and dogs. These animals cannot wait until the next election–the time to act is now. Help support the work of nonprofits like Animals Australia by preventing the weakening of puppy factory regulations.
Dear Premier Napthine,
Recently you and your coalition government expressed support for inhumane changes to animal welfare legislation. I am writing to urge you to immediately reverse this decision.
According to the Courier-Mail there are almost a million dogs in Victoria; their owners represent a significant number of potential voters in the next election. I wish to express my support for local nonprofits educating the public about this recent injustice and exposing your actions which endanger the lives of thousands of puppies.
The changes that you helped enact into law will result in more dogs being held in captivity for their entire lives. More dogs’ illnesses and injuries will go unnoticed because you and your coalition ended a requirement for mandatory health checks before and after they give birth. This will result in the increased spread of disease through cramped puppy factories, which means more dead dogs and more outraged constituents.
People love dogs. Do you really want to be seen as responsible for hurting them, or have to explain your reasoning to the thousands of concerned dog owners who will help determine your fate in the next election? Please correct this injustice. Restore and strengthen important safety and animal welfare regulations governing puppy factories.
[Your Name Here]
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