How Can We Stop Puppy Mills?

What are some ways to stop puppy mills?

One of the best ways is to do what the city of Los Angles did when they banned the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits.  This means that pet stores will only be able to sell dogs, cats, and rabbits received from rescue groups and shelters.  Puppies from puppy mills and kittens from kitten mills will not be available for sale. 

Since many of the puppies in pet stores are purchased based on emotion, many of them end up going to shelters and are later euthanized.

The animal shelters in Los Angeles are extremely over populated.  Many dogs and cats are killed every day.

The new ordinance will reduce the overcrowding in these shelters and give perfectly good rescued pets the opportunity to find homes rather than be euthanized.

This will effectively have a negative impact on puppy and kitten mills that are known to abuse animals.  This is a good thing.

The reduction in euthanizations  will reduce the tax burden for Los Angeles taxpayers.

A recent article in the excellent blog,, discusses this new ordinance and its effect on how can we stop puppy mills.  The article is entitled, “Los Angeles Bans the Retail Sale of Dogs, Crushing Puppy Mills” by Julia Szabo.

Here is a quote from the article:

The action is significant. It makes L.A. the largest city in the U.S. to enact legislation that puts an effective stopper in what, until now, has been a seemingly unstoppable stream of puppy-mill pets. As more and more Americans learn about the cruel reality behind these cuteness factories, and that the majority of the commercially-bred animals impulse-purchased at pet shops wind up on death row at animal shelters, this legislation is a major scoop — and reason to cheer, for it will have a profoundly positive impact on California’s pet overpopulation problem.

L.A. alone operates seven municipal, open-admission animal shelter facilities, each one of them overloaded with beautiful dogs (and cats) who are killed every day for lack of space, because impulse buyers have been busy maxing out their credit cards at pet shops. Well, no longer.

“It’s a very good day for the people and animals of L.A.,” said Elizabeth Oreck of Best Friends Animal Society, the highly respected non-profit headquartered in Kanab, Utah, which has been at the forefront of puppy-mill initiatives for years now. “Not only will this restrict the flow of animals coming into our city from pet mills and backyard breeders, it will help alleviate the pet overpopulation problem in our shelters by providing more opportunities for rescued animals to find homes.”

The entire article can be read here.  I encourage you to read it.

Do you know anything about puppy mills?  Are you aware of the conditions of these puppy mills?  Have you considered ways to stop puppy mills?  You may have thought little about it.  Thanks for your comments.

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