Puppy Mills are Legal
Most puppy mills selling and shipping puppies sight unseen online and through broker websites listing hundreds of dogs for sale are legal. These dog breeders are licensed under the United States Department of Agriculture and are supposed to adhere to the standards set by the 1960’s Animal Welfare Act. The care standards are very low and dogs are considered livestock on these farms. These dog breeders are considered commercial dog breeders, high volume, think factory farm. They are inspected and overseen by the USDA’s Animal Care division, Animal Plant and Health Inspection Services (APHIS).
There are thousands and thousands of mother (and father) dogs living in factory farm like settings making puppies to be sold online and in pet stores. The standards of care are very low. Its legal to keep the dogs in dark barns, stacked in cages, as seen in these horrific puppy mill photos.
Because puppy mills are legal, and laws take time to pass, we believe that educating the public is the fastest way to end puppy mill cruelty. We support legislation and laws that ban the sale of puppies in pet stores and laws that improve the standards of care of dogs living in USDA licensed kennels. Because these large scale breeders are legal, we support local, state, and federal legislation to help end this cruel industry.
Over 400 municipalities in the U.S. that have passed bans or restricted the retail sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. There are many more currently in the works too.
6 states have passed statewide laws prohibiting the retail sale of puppies in pet stores; California, Maryland, Maine, Washington, Illinois and now New York. Pennsylvania currently has a proposal active in their state’s legislature.
The dogs in puppy mills need your voice!