MHS Takes Aim Against Puppy Mills
The Michigan Humane Society has launched a statewide collaboration to develop legislation aimed at regulating puppy mills in our state.
The Michigan Humane Society has launched a statewide collaboration to develop legislation (preliminarily entitled the “Puppy Protection Act”) aimed at regulating puppy mills in our state. Unlike smaller “hobby” breeders, puppy mills house large numbers of adult dogs in close confinement for years, often without any meaningful human interaction, exercise, or even adequate care. These animals are forced to produce litter after litter of puppies until old age, when they are sold at auction or destroyed. Their puppies are typically sold to pet stores or via the Internet. In fact, up to 99% of pet stores that sell puppies buy them from puppy mills.
While MHS does not oppose careful breeding and individual placement of purebred dogs by responsible individuals, we stand against the substandard conditions and care in many large-scale commercial dog breeding kennels. Seven states have passed puppy mill laws within the past two years, including close neighbors such as Indiana and Pennsylvania. It is important that we act now to prevent giant dog breeding companies in these states from relocating to Michigan. MHS is therefore reaching out to breeders, pet stores, animal control agencies, veterinarians, government officials, and other concerned individuals and groups this spring to help create strong legislation that will protect dogs and responsible breeding while curtailing the unacceptable practices of puppy mills.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
View our Puppy Mills video, and sign the MHS Protect Our Puppies pledge at www.michiganhumane.org/cruelty_puppy_mills. Then, tell others that up to 99% of pet stores that sell puppies buy them from puppy mills!