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Pet Store Under Fire From Puppy Farm Campaigners

URL: http://www.dogmagazine.net/archives/2456/pet-store-under-fire-from-puppy-farm-campaigners/
Publication date:
2009-05-14
Publication name:
Dogmagazine.net
Headline:
Pet Store Under Fire From Puppy Farm Campaigners
Summary:
American pet store comes under fire from anti-puppy farm protestors: Elite Animals of West Hollywood has been besieged by protesters from the animal welfare movement for two weekends in a row. Animal rights activists claim Elite Animals is selling pet factory animals and defrauding consumers.
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Elite Animals of West Hollywood Meet with Animal Protection Movement Leaders at City Hall

Elite Animals of West Hollywood has been besieged by protesters from the animal welfare movement for two weekends in a row. Animal rights activists claim Elite Animals is selling pet factory animals and defrauding consumers.

Publication: The Wuffington Wag
Date: 2009-05-15
URL: http://wuffingtonwag.com/articles/guest-wags/elite-animals-of-west-hollywood-meet-with-animal-protection-movement-leaders-at-city-hall/
Published in Humane Stores
Sunday, 22 November 2009 02:00

Pet Shop Protesters Shot

Pet Shop Protesters Shot

URL: http://www.greenisthenewred.com/blog/pet-shop-protesters-shot-will-it-be-labeled-terrorism/2334/
Publication date:
2009-10-22
Publication name:
Green is the New Red
Headline:
Pet Shop Protesters Shot
Summary: A blog about CAPS protesters being shot by BB Guns at the Aquarium & Pet Center protest on October 10.
Published in Humane Stores

Companion Animal Protection Society Protests Responsible for Aquarium & Pet Center Decision to Go Humane

Animal Advocates Alliance Helped Negotiate Pet Store Decision

LOS ANGELES--November 13, 2009--The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) and Animal Advocates Alliance (AAA) are proud to announce that Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica, California, is converting to a humane business model. The pet store, which has been in business for over 20 years, has decided to no longer sell dogs from inhumane commercial breeding facilities, also known as puppy mills. The pet shop, owned by Scott Lee, will now work with rescue organizations to promote adoptable animals from the Los Angeles municipal shelter system.

Aquarium & Pet Center had been the target of an ongoing investigation linking the store to the Hunte Corporation, a notorious puppy mill broker in the Midwest. In addition to dogs supplied from inhumane breeding factories in the Midwest, some of the pups sold in the store were found to be from an overcrowded and substandard commercial breeding operation just outside of Los Angeles. This is the fourth store in Los Angeles to succumb to investigations and protests by The Companion Animal Protection Society since March. The other stores no longer selling puppy mill dogs include Elaine’s Pet Depot, Elite Animals and Pets of Wilshire.

Aquarium & Pet Center had been the target of an ongoing investigation linking the store to the Hunte Corporation, a notorious puppy mill broker in the Midwest. In addition to dogs supplied from inhumane breeding facilities in the Midwest, some of the pups were from an overcrowded and substandard commercial breeding operation just outside of Los Angeles. This is the fourth store in Los Angeles to succumb to investigations and protests by The Companion Animal Protection Society since March. The other stores no longer selling puppy mill dogs include Elaine’s Pet Depot, Elite Animals, and Pets of Wilshire.

“We congratulate Mr. Lee, his family and his staff on their wise and compassionate decision to become a humane pet store,” said Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director of The Companion Animal Protection Society. “Consumer taste is evolving and retailers need to pay attention in this economy. Shoppers want a greener car, cage free eggs and non-polluting household products. They don't want a puppy mill pet. They want a pet that is cruelty-free. Mr. Lee's decision is an enormous victory for the animal protection movement and in the longer term, for dogs and cats suffering in inhumane breeding operations around the nation. The decision also has far reaching benefits for pets in the Los Angeles shelter system, as they will now have an additional place to be seen and adopted in up-scale Santa Monica. Now, instead of selling intact animals from factories, the store will be a happy place to shop and adopt, breaking the cycle of misery in the puppy and kitty pipe line from factory to shelter to euthanasia. We encourage consumers to shop at Aquarium & Pet Center now that they have gone humane.”

Lee is proud of his achievement. “As I get closer to retirement,” he said, “I would like to make the right choice to help homeless pets and educate and support the community in the process. This is a proud decision for me and my family.”

Phillip Gharabegian, founder of the Animal Advocates Alliance, was also instrumental in negotiating the agreement. “Animal Advocates Alliance is pleased that Mr. Lee has committed to a humane business model,” said Gharabegian. “They have chosen to set a positive example for other retail pet stores. Mr. Lee has now become a part of the solution rather than supporting irresponsible breeders who profit from the dreadful suffering of animals.”

As a result of the legal agreement, CAPS has called off the protests of Aquarium & Pet Center store will be put up for adoption at a celebration event on Saturday, November 14 at noon.

CAPS had organized three weekend protests in front of the store. On October 10th, the protest was interrupted by violence, when dozens of animal rights activists were shot at by an unknown assailant with a high powered air rifle, spraying them with two millimeter brass slugs. Two of the protesters were slightly injured. The police investigation into the shooting is ongoing and there is a $5000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

Media inquiries/interviews:

Carole Raphaelle Davis, author of “The Diary of Jinky, Dog of a Hollywood Wife” and West Coast Director of The Companion Animal Protection Society, can be reached at 310-990-5758

Julia Cody: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Footage of protest: KTLA news story:

About CAPS

Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.

Animal Advocates Alliance is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals through legal advocacy, effecting social change through community education initiatives and supporting animal rescue organizations.
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Aquarium & Pet Center of Santa Monica converts to humane pet store

URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5UYNas6abk
Publication date: 2009-11-16
Publication name:
www.youtube.com
Headline:
Aquarium & Pet Center of Santa Monica converts to humane pet store
Summary:
On Saturday, November 14, the Companion Animal Protection Society and Animal Advocates Alliance celebrated the conversion of Aquarium & Pet Center, Santa Monica, CA to a humane pet store that offers animals for adoption. The puppy mill dogs still in the store were available for adoption on Saturday in order to make room for dogs from L.A. Animal Services, the county shelter system. See the Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5UYNas6abk
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View the video of the protest at Elite Animals and the sale of dogs bred at puppy mills in Minnesota.

Publication: Youtube
URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BpleOas2go
Date: 2009-06-06
Published in Humane Stores
Friday, 19 November 2010 02:00

Humane Stores - Aquarium & Pet Center

Four Pet Shops in the Los Angeles Area Went Humane in Just Eight Months.

CAPS is very proud to announce that Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica, California signed a legal agreement to convert to a humane business model. In late October, this pet store, which has been in business for over 20 years, decided to stop selling puppies from mills. Aquarium & Pet Center now works with rescue organizations to promote adoptable animals from the Los Angeles municipal shelter system.

Aquarium & Pet Center had been the target of an ongoing CAPS investigation linking the store to The Hunte Corporation, the largest USDA licensed dog brokering facility in the country. CAPS is quite familiar with the practices of Hunte as the result of an undercover employment investigation at this large facility and ongoing investigations of Hunte’s puppy mill suppliers. In addition to dogs supplied from inhumane breeding facilities in the Midwest, some of the puppies sold at Aquarium & Pet Center were from a puppy mill just outside of Los Angeles. This was the fourth store in Los Angeles to succumb to investigations and protests by CAPS between March 2009 and November 2009. Other stores no longer selling puppy mill dogs include Elaine’s Pet Depot, Elite Animals, and Pets of Wilshire. Elaine’s Pet Depot, part of a chain in the U.S. and Canada, offers rescue animals for adoption. On the basis of our efforts against Elaine’s, the entire Pet Depot chain stopped selling dogs and cats (some didn’t before).

CAPS had organized three weekend protests in front of Aquarium & Pet Center. On October 10, the protest was interrupted by violence when dozens of animal rights activists were shot at by an unknown assailant with a high powered air rifle, spraying them with two millimeter brass slugs. Two of the protesters were slightly injured. The police investigation into the shooting is ongoing and there is a $5000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.

But our work in Los Angeles has just begun. We need to use this momentum to get ordinances passed in other towns and cities in Southern California, including Los Angeles, which will in turn generate even more interest across the country. An in-depth news story on the pet shop industry in the Los Angeles area is desperately needed, which requires that CAPS investigate pet shops and the mills that supply them.
Published in Humane Stores
Thursday, 31 December 2009 19:00

Humane Stores

Humane Stores

Four Pet Shops in the Los Angeles Area Went Humane in Just Eight Months

Aquarium & Pet Center in Santa Monica, California signed a legal agreement to convert to a humane business model.  In late October of 2009, this pet store, which has been in business for over 20 years, decided to stop selling puppies from mills.  Aquarium & Pet Center now works with a rescue organization to promote adoptable animals from the Los Angeles municipal shelter system.  The store adopted out a number of animals in 2010 and 2011 and serves as a model for humane stores.

Aquarium & Pet Center had been the target of an ongoing CAPS investigation linking the store to The Hunte Corporation, the largest USDA licensed dog brokering facility in the country.  CAPS is quite familiar with the practices of Hunte as the result of an undercover employment investigation at this large facility and ongoing investigations of Hunte's puppy mill suppliers.  In addition to dogs supplied from inhumane breeding facilities in the Midwest, some of the puppies sold at Aquarium & Pet Center were from a puppy mill just outside of Los Angeles.  

Aquarium & Pet Center was the fourth store in Los Angeles to succumb to investigations and protests by CAPS between March 2009 and November 2009.  The store went humane after just three weekend protests by CAPS.  Other stores no longer selling puppy mill dogs include Elaine's Pet Depot, Elite Animals, and Pets of Wilshire. Elaine's Pet Depot, part of a chain in the U.S. and Canada, offers rescue animals for adoption.  On the basis of our efforts against Elaine's, the entire Pet Depot chain stopped selling dogs and cats (some didn't before).

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