Like two plus two is four and vegan donuts are underrated, I thought everyone knew that pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Apparently not. According to a new poll, “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.”
I was shocked — I figured such unsavory truth was common knowledge. And while there will always be a few people out there who simply don’t care that breeding factories are hellish places, there is some good news: Eighty percent of those polled indicated they would not purchase puppies they knew came from puppy mills.
In light of these stats, the ASPCA has launched a national “No More Pet Store Puppies” campaign, which urges the public to avoid any store that sells puppies. Instead, they encourage animal-loving consumers to purchase all pet-related supplies — food, toys, cat litter, etc. — elsewhere. (In my area, Petco and PetSmart are good options. Not only do they not sell dogs and cats, they host adoption fairs on behalf of our local shelters.)
I pledged. Not because I’m worried I might otherwise slip and head into my local Al’s Puppies ‘n’ Stuff for a bag of dog chow. I did it because I had no idea so many people are still in the dark on this issue. Publicity and awareness is badly needed.
Let’s send a strong message (monetary — the language they speak) to the stores who sell puppies. And let’s put the puppy millers out of business once and for all.