Here is my letter:
Dear Assembly Member Eggman,
I am writing to you on behalf of our national membership to express our opposition to AB 343. The Companion Animal Protection Society is the only national, non-profit organization that exclusively investigates puppy mills, pet factories and pet dealers (both Internet pet sellers and pet stores). We work with law enforcement and government agencies on a daily basis and on a national scale in order to eradicate pet factory cruelty. In California, our undercover investigations are the foundation and basis for the pet sales ban ordinances in West Hollywood, Glendale and Los Angeles.
Publication name: The Herald-News
URL for more info: http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/lifestyles/19270750-423/all-in-for-animal-rights.html
Teresa Chiletz, 40, of Joliet, participates in pet-store protests, refuses to wear fur or leather and follows a 100 percent vegan diet.
Chiletz owns two dogs and rabbits and one cat, hamster, mouse and fish, all adopted. She also serves on the board of directors for Joliet’s Cat Overpopulation Planned Endeavor, or COPE, and volunteers for the Midwest chapter of Companion Animal Protection Society, or CAPS.
Publication name: Lisle Patch
URL for more info: http://tinyurl.com/cdz92kd
Thank you to everyone who gave up your Easter Saturday to educate the public where pet shop puppies come from. We have been outside of poopie parlor since December, every week, and we have yet to see ONE dog walked or cared for from this place. Please join us every Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00, stop puppy mills!
Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/happy-easter-not-for-rabbits
"I want this Easter to be over already!” says Lejla Hadzimuratovic, president of the Bunny World Foundation, a rabbit rescue organization based in Los Angeles. “This celebration is actually a bloodbath—an atrocity that leads to massive death of rabbits.”
Publication name: NYC PRowler
URL for more info: http://nycprowler.com/2013/03/27/models-against-pet-shops-puppy-mills-publicist-with-a-cause-deborah-howard/
Spotted on the Long Island Rail Road, a campaign has commenced entitled MODELS AGAINST PET SHOPS AND PUPPY MILLS featuring model Kiley Wirtz Jennings and created by The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)
Publication name: The Pet Gazette
URL for more info: http://duxburypetgazette.ma.newsmemory.com/ (page 6)
Glamorous models and Beatrice, a sassy Basset Hound puppy mill survivor, are the faces of Companion Animal Protection Society’s (CAPS) national campaign designed to educate the public about atrocities in puppy mills and the risks associated with buying dogs at pet shops supplied by these facilities. CAPS is headquartered in Cohasset, MA. The Models Against Pet Shops & Puppy Mills campaign also promotes adoption of rescue and shelter animals. Advertising components include public service announcements airing on PBS TV stations across the country, print ads, billboards, transit posters, social media efforts led by Beatrice, and related public relations and marketing efforts.
What: Peaceful Anti-Puppy Mill Protest of Citipups
Where: Citipups – 147 8th Avenue, New York, New York 10011
When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013; from 6:00 PM EST to 8:00 PM EST
Why: Citipups purchases dogs from known puppy mills in the Midwest. These inhumane breeders have hundreds of dogs crammed into small cages. In some cases, dogs come from trash-filled facilities that fail to pass minimum USDA requirements for sanitation. There are reported cases of dogs with preventable diseases like kennel cough, parasites, Giardia, Coccidia, Bilateral Cryptorchidism, ulcers, Demodectic Mange, and multiple infections. Lack of adequate veterinary care is rampant in most of the Citipups suppliers. Selling dogs from these mass breeders exposes consumers to sickly dogs that can cause significant financial and emotional strain. The practice is tantamount to consumer fraud.
How: CAPS President Deborah Howard will attend the protest on Wednesday at the Chelsea location of Citipups after appearing in several national and local media outlets. All week long, she will be promoting CAPS' new national advertising campaign, Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills, and working with local CAPS volunteers on the protest. During the protest, CAPS will hand out fliers and brochures to potential pet buyers. Part of our protest will include signs and talks about the cruelty of puppy mills and the pet shops that support them.
Publication name: massnonprofit.org
URL for more info: http://www.massnonprofit.org/news.php?artid=3171&catid=12
February 25, 2013 — The Companion Animal Protection Society, a Cohasset-based nonprofit with an annual budget of about $200,000 that works to protect companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills across the country, has launched its first national awareness campaign, relying on a broad media mix.
Publication name: The Hull Times
URL for more info: http://hulltimes.ma.newsmemory.com/ (page 1 and 11)
When Deborah Howard walked into a pet shop in Atlanta in 1989, she didn’t know that it would change her life forever. Appalled at the conditions of the animals, Howard wondered where they came from and why they appeared ill and uncared for.
Publication name: Bea's Beat
URL for more info: http://www.caps-web.org/blogs/bea/2013/03/25/257/
The last couple of months have been purely magical. Ever since February 2013, CAPS’ “Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills” campaign has been all over the USA. Our PSA “This Is the Face of a Puppy Mill Dog,” starring me and fabulous model Kiley Wirtz-Jennings, has aired on PBS stations in Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Chicago. Being the star in a PSA isn’t enough for a girl like me, though! Ever since I was a pup, I’ve had big goals and the last couple of months I’ve seen some of those dreams come true. This is all so exciting!