Target: Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey
Goal: Applaud successful implementation of anti-puppy mill law.
A recently passed law will require pet stores to display information about pet breeders and forbid pet stores from purchasing animals from any breeder previously cited for severe violations of animal protection laws. The law, which is one of the toughest of its kind in the country, aims to take business away from cruel and abusive breeding facilities known as puppy mills by giving potential buyers the opportunity to research breeders before purchase. The law was signed by Governor Christie after massive pressure from the community, including a ForceChange petition.
The law was drafted in response to the case of Puppies Galore, a pet store where nearly 40 malnourished, dehydrated, and ill dogs were discovered by authorities. Most of the dogs were found to have parasites, and some even had severe cases of pneumonia requiring immediate veterinary attention. Investigators, who charged the store operators with 42 counts of animal cruelty, suspected that the dogs came from a puppy mill.
Puppy mills are commercial dog breeding facilities that focus more on profit than the health or welfare of the dogs they breed. Female dogs in puppy mills are often confined to small cages and kept pregnant or nursing for most of their lives. This can have a serious effect on their health, causing bone deterioration, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and erratic behavior due to stress. Dogs raised in these environments are prone to issues with temperament and hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia.
This new law will will not only protect consumers from purchasing sick or improperly socialized dogs, but will put a serious dent in New Jersey’s puppy mill industry. Breeders with a record of animal welfare violations may be forced to move out of state or go out of business entirely. Sign the petition below to applaud New Jersey’s efforts to end puppy mill cruelty.
Dear Governor Chris Christie,
A new law will force pet stores to display the name and contact information of dog breeders so that customers can research the breeder before purchasing a dog. The law will also forbid pet stores from selling animals sourced from a breeder with animal cruelty citations in an effort to reduce the prevalence of dogs bred in puppy mills or any profit-focused breeding facilities that keep their animals in poor conditions.
This law will protect consumers as well as dogs by making it more difficult for breeders with bad reputations to make sales. Some with previous records of animal abuse may even be forced out of business. We, the undersigned, praise your efforts to ensure that New Jersey pet stores sell only responsibly-bred dogs.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Damon D’Amato via Creative Commons
Original petition: http://forcechange.com/137483/stop-pet-stores-from-selling-inhumanely-bred-dogs/