NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) continues its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign to raise awareness about puppy mill cruelty and the link between pet store puppies and puppy mills. 100,000 consumers have already taken the “No Pet Store Puppies” pledge to help fight puppy mill cruelty by refusing to shop at pet stores and on websites that sell puppies.
In less than a year, the “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign has succeeded in reducing the number of puppy mill dogs sold online. In response to concerns from the ASPCA, Facebook and Oodle, the company that powers Marketplace on Facebook, have instituted measures to restrict online classifieds listing puppy mill dogs for sale from the site.
The ASPCA continues to encourage animal lovers and advocates to sign the pledge and share the "I pledge" badge with their social networks. Awareness and consumer action are critical elements in the fight against puppy mills.
Check out videos of the No Pet Store Puppies campaign canine mascot as he skillfully “trains” oblivious consumers to not buy anything in a store that sells puppies.
Some additional information about the No Pet Store Puppies campaign and about puppy mills:
- The ASPCA estimates that there are thousands of pet stores in the U.S. that sell puppies. The ASPCA ultimately seeks to convince pet stores to limit their business to pet supplies and encourages them to partner with their local shelters to offer adoptable pets in their stores.
- Operators of puppy mills breed dogs in unsanitary, overcrowded and often cruel conditions where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
- According to a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by the ASPCA, 78 percent of consumers are unaware that most puppies sold in pet stores come from large-scale commercial breeding operations commonly known as puppy mills.
- The poll also reveals that nearly 80 percent of consumers would not purchase a puppy if they knew it came from a puppy mill.