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Dahli Brandt bought a sick puppy from Barkworks and she filed a complaint with the Companion Animal Protection Society. Thank you to Macerich and the Irvine Company for making the right decisions. Now if only the Petland chain in the U.S. would follow the decision of Petland Canada with 37 stores to go humane, which followed the decision of PJ's, another Canadian chain to go humane.

Publication/Event date: 2011-10-11

Publication name: Global Animal
Summary:
Global Animal just received news that shopping center developer Macerich is banning sales of live animals in more than 70 malls across the US. This new humane policy designed to break the puppy mill business chain is taking effect nationwide within 30 days. Macerich confirmed that they will not renew the leases of existing pet stores that sell animals and in their place, are opening humane stores offering adoptions of rescued pets.
Some of the high profile shopping malls include Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion, which is opening a rescue store this month in association with the nonprofit Friends of LA Shelters, Scottsdale’s Fashion Square, Chesterfield Towne Center in Richmond, Virginia, and Santa Monica Place.
Published in CAPS News

Publication/Event date: 2011-12-19

Publication name: Heavenly Creatures

URL for more info: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/heavenlycreatures/2011/12/setting-the-record-straight-on-barkworks-puppy-mills-and-the-work-of-caps/

Summary: Last week I told you that back in October, Macerich has banned the sale of live animals at 70 of its malls nationwide in response to protests from animal rescue groups. My post was based on a story at GlobalAnimal.org and some press materials from Best Friends Animal Society in regards to a lawsuit they filed.

I heard back immediately from Deborah Howard, President of Companion Animal Protection Society, who wanted to share some information to help clarify and expand the story.

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Published in CAPS News
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 19:00

Behind Barkworks

Behind Barkworks

On December 9, 2009, the busiest shopping day of the year, CAPS held a landmark peaceful protest with 72 participants inside Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles against one of seven Barkworks stores. This pet shop chain obtains puppies from mills, including some with serious USDA violations. The protest was a landmark demonstration for the California animal protection movement because pet shops that sell puppy mill dogs inside shopping malls, had been immune to the increasing public outcry over the puppy mill issue. After researching California Supreme Court cases, we realized that the California Constitution, which is more expansive than the federal version, protected our rights to protest inside a mall - a de facto public forum under California case law. Moreover, California case law protects the rights of protesters to call for a boycott of a specific business within a shopping center or mall.

CAPS' documentary about Barkworks and a customer who purchased a very sick puppy that died on December 24, 2009, one week after purchase, was one of the most shared videos on CNN iReport. CAPS held a second protest on February 13, 2010 with 89 participants inside the mall in honor of Valentine's Day, a loveless day at Barkworks. The third protest on April 13, 2010 had more than 100 participants, including 70 inner city public high school students. The most recent protest at Westside Pavilion (we held a Valentine's 2011 protest against the Barkworks location in Thousand Oaks) was on December 18, 2010 with 130 participants. In lieu of signs, CAPS protesters wore tee shirts and carried large shopping bags ­ all with slogans or messages. CAPS worked closely with the LAPD whose officers provided protection of our First Amendment Rights in light of the mall's threats to have security guards arrest the protesters.

For more info see: Barkworks Photo Page (April, 2011)

Published in Barkworks
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 03:00

Peaceful Protest at Barkworks

Peaceful Protest at Barkworks

URL: www.caps-web.org Publication date: 2009-12-21 Publication name: CAPS Headline: Peaceful Protest at Barkworks View video: http://www.youtube.com/v/_Rvesz4ZoWk&hl=en_US&fs=1& Summary: On 12/19, the Companion Animal Protection Society held a peaceful protest at Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles. Located inside the mall is one of seven Barkworks stores. Barkworks obtains puppies from mills. This is a landmark demonstration for the California animal protection movement because pet shops that sell puppy mill dogs inside shopping malls, have, until now, been immune to the increasing public outcry over the puppy mill issue.
Published in Barkworks

CAPS' Peaceful Protest at Bark Works Reminds Us to Adopt From Shelters

URL: http://www.thefrontpageonline.com/articles1-6912/CAPS

Publication date: 2009-12-21
Publication name: The Front Page Online
Summary: If you’ve been to Westside Pavilion, chances are you’ve seen them. Cute little balls of fur frolicking in the storefront displays or snoozing peacefully in their cages, priced at hundreds of dollars...
Published in Barkworks

CAPS Marches Against LA Puppy Mill Store On Valentine's Day

Publication/Event date: 2010-02-15 Publication name: WeHoNews URL for more info: http://wehonews.com/z/wehonews/archive/page.php?articleID=4459 Article excerpt: West Hollywood, California (February 15, 2010) – Invigorated by their pioneering effort to ban the sale of puppy mill and kitty factory animals by retailers in West Hollywood, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) took on a Los Angeles retailer on Valentines Day, challenging them to show some heart and stop selling mill-bred ...
Published in Barkworks

LAUSD Students to Join Companion Animal Protection Society in Anti-Puppy Mill March on Saturday

Publication/Event date: 2010-04-15 Publication name: Marketwire URL for more info: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/LAUSD-Students-Join-Companion-Animal-Protection-Society-Anti-Puppy-Mill-March-on-Saturday-1148456.htm Summary: WHAT: More than 70 LAUSD students will join the Companion Animal Protection Society in a demonstration against Barkworks, a chain of pet stores in Los Angeles. CAPS claims that Barkworks sells dogs from inhumane commercial breeding factories in the Midwest. The silent vigil march is to let the public know the truth behind the pretty storefront at Barkworks. Visit Marketwire for the details. See the 2 YouTube videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5dKXOv3tk4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy1Iy-0Y6xI&feature=player_embedded
Published in Barkworks
Friday, 19 November 2010 02:00

Barkworks

Landmark Protests of Barkworks Inside a Shopping Mall On 12/19, the busiest shopping day of the year, CAPS held a landmark peaceful protest with 72 participants inside Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles against one of seven Barkworks stores. This pet shop chain obtains puppies from mills, including some with serious USDA violations. The protest was a landmark demonstration for the California animal protection movement because pet shops that sell puppy mill dogs inside shopping malls, had been immune to the increasing public outcry over the puppy mill issue. After researching California Supreme Court cases, we realized that the California Constitution, which is more expansive than the federal version, protected our rights to protest inside a mall - a de facto public forum under California case law. Moreover, California case law protects the rights of protesters to call for a boycott of a specific business within a shopping center or mall.

CAPS’ documentary about Barkworks and a customer who purchased a very sick puppy that died on 12/24, one week after purchase, was one of the most shared videos on CNN iReport. Following the release of this documentary, CAPS held a second protest on 2/13 with 89 participants inside the mall in honor of Valentine’s Day, a loveless day at Barkworks. The third protest on 4/13 had more than 100 participants, including 70 inner city public high school students. In lieu of signs, CAPS protesters wore tee shirts and carried large shopping bags – all with slogans or messages. CAPS worked closely with the LAPD, and all three times, officers provided protection of our First Amendment Rights in light of the mall’s threats to have security guards arrest the protesters.

CAPS Undercover Video Footage of BarkWorks Breeders

Angie Schaff, Nebraska, 2010-10-10

Barb Crick, Nebraska, 2010-10-11

Phillip Van Bibbe, Nebraska, 2010-11-06

Carla Pederson, South Dakota, 2010-11-14

Published in Barkworks
WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), www.caps-web.org
WHAT:
CAPS is conducting a silent march for puppy mill awareness -- a boycott of Barkworks, a pet store chain that sells dogs from inhumane commercial breeding facilities in the Midwest. Protests have been obstructed by the Mall, which has placed limits on constitutionally protected free speech.
WHEN:
Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11AM A press conference will be held after march at 12:15 PM outside mall on Pico Blvd sidewalk.
WHERE:
Barkworks, 10800 West Pico Blvd., Westside Pavilion, 3rd floor, Los Angeles, CA 90064 See the full press release at: CAPS' Christmas March Against Barkworks for Selling Sick Puppy Mill Dogs

See more undercover video footage of Barkworks breeders at Barkworks Breeders Video Footage
Published in Barkworks
Thursday, 31 December 2009 19:00

Barkworks

Barkworks

Barkworks is the largest pet store chain in the Los Angeles area and the target of our most groundbreaking protests. CAPS is currently assisting with a consumer class action lawsuit against Barkworks, which now has six stores in Southern California.

On December 9, 2009, the busiest shopping day of the year, CAPS held a landmark peaceful protest with 72 participants inside Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles against one of Barkworks stores. This pet shop chain undeniably purchased and continues to obtain puppies from mills, including some with serious USDA violations. The protest was a landmark demonstration for the California animal protection movement. Pet shops that sell puppy mill dogs inside shopping malls had been immune to the increasing public outcry for years because of their location. After researching California Supreme Court cases, we realized that the California Constitution, which is more expansive than the federal version, protected our rights to protest inside a mall - a de facto public forum under California case law. Moreover, California case law protects the rights of protesters to call for a boycott of a specific business within a shopping center or mall.

CAPS held a second protest on February 13, 2010 with 89 participants inside the mall in honor of Valentine's Day, a loveless day at Barkworks. The third protest on April 13, 2010 had more than 100 participants, including 70 inner city public high school students. Since then, CAPS held several more protests with high turnout rates. In lieu of signs, CAPS protesters wore tee shirts and carried large shopping bags ­ all with slogans or messages. CAPS worked closely with the LAPD whose officers provided protection of our First Amendment Rights in light of the mall's threats to have security guards arrest the protesters. CAPS' documentary about Barkworks and a disgruntled customer, who purchased a very sick puppy that died one week after purchase, was one of the most shared videos on CNN iReport.

CAPS has also protested Barkworks stores inside The Oaks in Thousand Oaks, and The Shops at Mission Viejo. We will continue to put pressure on the chain to go humane and urge consumers to boycott Barkworks.

If you purchased a sick puppy from Barkworks and would like to join the class action lawsuit, please fill out our online complaint form.

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