Petland Canada has come to the conclusion that, with many towns and cities legislating a ban on selling pets and people picketing outside their stores, it was time they announced a change in policy. Petland Canada announced on September 9 they will no longer sell puppies and kittens in their stores. This is great news from Canada!
But what about Petland USA? Why no turnaround? Let’s join pet-loving voices from around the world until we are heard in America too!
- Paste the following across your social media outlets:
Tell @Petland USA to Stop Selling Pets! Sign the Petition: http://chn.ge/qT2HNs #BTC4A #Change
Bloggers! Blog Fans! Blog The Change!
- Rally your posts and comments around a single cause this Saturday, October 15th.
Tell Petland USA to join Petland Canada, and stop pet sales. Here’s how!
- Get listed as a supporting participant in the media release!
Plan to post? Leave your blog’s domain in comments below by Wednesday, Midnight.
Why It Matters
Petland USA stores get 95% of their puppies from puppy mills. HSUS investigators visited 21 stores in Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and elsewhere and checked the transport records tracing the origin of 17,000 puppies shipped to Petland stores. It was the largest investigation of its kind to date. Wayne Pacelle remarked in his follow-up post, More Evidence of Petland-Puppymill Enterprise : “In fact, more than 80 of Petland’s outlets were found buying from the Hunte Corporation alone, a massive Missouri broker that traffics in approximately 80,000 puppies a year.”
Investigators visited Petland’s breeders to check living conditions and found that most had hundreds of cages of dogs that were never walked or socialized, stinking of urine, living lives of desperation.
A cross-check of USDA investigation records was conducted that confirmed abuse and repeat abuse by Petland’s suppliers – the same suppliers they tell customers are “family breeders”. HSUS reported “One facility in Minnesota provided such a lack of adequate care, according to a USDA inspection report, that a dead dog and puppy weren’t removed in a timely manner. Despite the serious violations, Petland stores continue to buy from these unscrupulous mills.”
This is not old news. This is unfinished business, an on-going project that requires your help, your interest, your passion for the welfare of animals, and perhaps most of all your persistence. If we in the animal loving family can’t do this, who will?
Just two minutes to sign and share the petition could save hundreds of thousands of lives. Another 15 minutes to write a short post on your blog, or on Facebook. Our puppies should not have to wait. Let’s do this together – now!
Editor’s note: Author Mary Haight created this campaign in partnership with BTC4animals.com and Change.org. For more on how she made that happen, and how you can too, read her post, “How To Petition: The Unexpected Activist.”
UPDATE: October 14, 2011 from Change.org
“Bloggers Challenge Petland to Cut Puppy Mill Ties” by Stephanie Feldstein