The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is running a national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign to raise awareness about puppy mill cruelty and the link between pet store puppies and puppy mills. Over 100,000 consumers have already taken the “No Pet Store Puppies” pledge to help fight puppy mill cruelty by refusing to shop at pet stores and on websites that sell puppies. You can show your support by taking the pledge and entering to WIN an ASPCA gift pack!
In less than a year, the “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign has succeeded in reducing the number of puppy mill dogs sold online. And just to show you the power of social media – did you know that in response to concerns from the ASPCA, Facebook has instituted measures to restrict online classifieds listing puppy mill dogs for sale from the site?
The ASPCA is encouraging animal lovers and advocates to sign the pledge and share the “I pledge” badge with their social networks. Awareness and consumer action are critical elements in the fight against puppy mills.
Some additional information about the No Pet Store Puppies campaign and about puppy mills:
- The ASPCA estimates that there are thousands of pet stores in the U.S. that sell puppies. The ASPCA ultimately seeks to convince pet stores to limit their business to pet supplies and encourages them to partner with their local shelters to offer adoptable pets in their stores.
- Operators of puppy mills breed dogs in unsanitary, overcrowded and often cruel conditions where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs.
- According to a poll conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by the ASPCA, 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.
The poll also reveals that nearly 80 percent of consumers would not purchase a puppy if they knew it came from a puppy mill.
Show your support for the ASPCA by taking the pledge and enter to WIN an ASPCA gift pack!
The gift pack includes an ASPCA medium T-shirt, a cute dog mug, an ASPCA wristband, ASPCA magnet, orange tote and an ASPCA calendar. To enter, just leave a comment below using the Rafflecopter form telling me why you should to win. For extra entries, use Rafflecopter to like/share on Facebook and tweet on twitter. A winner will be randomly selected, contest closes on June 5th at noon! Good luck everyone!!!