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Saturday, 28 November 2009 19:00

Action Alert – Oklahoma

Oklahoma is the second highest puppy producing state in the US, following only Missouri.

Additionally, while USDA regulates breeders that sell wholesale, we are the only high volume breeder state to have no state regulations to cover those who are not required to be licensed by USDA. The AKC and others want to keep it that way, but it is not for the benefit of the animals.

A deliberate misinformation campaign is being waged against current legislation aimed at regulating high volume breeding facilities in Oklahoma.  Low end breeders, fraudulent rescue organizations and even AKC have teamed up to frighten high quality breeders, rescues and others about the bill, which would simply mandate USDA standards as a minimum level of care for facilities not currently regulated by USDA.

The AKC reaps massive rewards from the totally unrestricted puppy trade in Oklahoma, and have played on misinformation and distortions of the language including claiming that the bill prohibits transport to dog shows. IT DOES NOT and they know it.

Good people are falling for the lies; this campaign may indeed destroy the chances for the first ever legislation aimed at regulating the wildcat "puppy trade" in Oklahoma.

Due to the lack of regualtions, in Oklahoma, dogs may legally be kept in tiny cages (under USDA size), without light and venitilation, vaccination records are not required; puppies as young as four weeks are sold. Unless there is animal cruelty involving the withholding of food, water or emergency veterinary treatment to the point of mortal danger, it is not possible for an officer to intervene in a puppy mill operation in Oklahoma; dogs legally languish in filth in Oklahoma for their entire lives.

Those who oppose this bill benefit financially from the lack of regulations.

The proposed legislation, HB 1332, would simply mandate USDA standards as a minimum for all facilities selling, trading or adopting out over 25 dogs, cats, kittens or puppies in a year.  This means that if your dogs are housed in cages instead of in your home, the cages must be at least six inches longer than the dog and must have 6 inches of headroom.  Most people strive to do better than this, this law is designed only to eliminate the most substandard.

It is an outrage that any legitimate rescue organization would oppose standards to give dogs that are in the hands of bad people a few inches more, and yes-that is what this is over.

Those circulating the rumors have taken advantage of the fact that many people are not familiar with legislative language.  One anti-animal welfare website in Pennsylvania cut and pasted the bill to alter the language, inserted extra words and circulated that in order to get opposition.  One circulated the rumor that it would become illegal to keep dogs in the house.  Our legislators have been overwhelmed by opposition based on false information.

Please e-mail Dr Lee Denney and simply thank her for taking the courageous step of proposing the first ever legislation to stop the unregulated puppy trade in Oklahoma and please let our house leadership know that Oklahoma's puppy trade is a disgrace.

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Please communicate this simple message on the tragedy of the unregulated puppy trade to our house leadership:

Dear__________________

 
The tragedies of the unregulated puppy trade in Oklahoma are well known across the nation.  The simple standards mandated under HB 1332 are upheld in all states that have high volume breeding facilities in large numbers and should be in place in Oklahoma.

A campaign of misinformation has been circulated by those with a financial stake in this issue, and they are doing so at the expense of Oklahoma's image and taxpayers as this is an enormous, unregulated cash-only industry. No reputable breeder or rescue would have any reason to oppose this bill.

Please support common sense and vote for HB 1332.

Sincerely,

 
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Please tell the AKC that you are disappointed that USDA standards are so problematic to them that they are using distortions to garner opposition to this bill.

 
Contact them at

AKC, 260 Madison Aveniue, 4th floor, New York, NY 10016 phone: (212) 696-8200

and

AKC, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617-3390

Telephone: 919.233.9767
Published in CAPS News
Monday, 07 December 2009 19:00

Pet Fashion Protest Video

Pet Fashion Protest Video

Publication date: 2009-12-08
Publication name: CAPS
Headline: Pet Fashion Protest Video
Summary: Video of the protest at Pet Fashion in New York City.

On November 28, 2009 CAPS organized a demonstration outside of Pet Fashion in New York City to protest its sale of dogs from puppy mill breeders like Kathy Bauck. Click here to view the video.
Published in CAPS News
Saturday, 26 December 2009 19:00

Puppy Mills: Pet Stores’ Big Secret

Puppy Mills: Pet Stores' Big Secret

by Seth Fiegerman

Publication/Event date:2009-12-23

Publication name: Main Street

URL for more info: http://www.mainstreet.com/article/smart-spending/don-t-buy-doggie-window

Summary: The real question families should ask this holiday season isn’t how much that doggie in the window costs, but rather what terrible ordeals did that dog go through before arriving there? ...
Published in CAPS News

Companion Animal Protection Society Plans Peaceful Holiday Protest of Happiness is Pets in Lombard

Pet Shop Chain has Six Locations in the Chicago Area


PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WHO: Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), www.caps-web.org

CAPS is the only national non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills.

CAPS President Deborah, who has been interviewed on Animal Planet, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX, is available for phone interviews. CAPS has done several stories with CBS 2 Chicago, including coverage of the Kathy Bauck investigation and criminal case. Bauck, who was one of the largest dog brokers and breeders in the country, was convicted of animal cruelty in March 2009 based on evidence from a six-week undercover employment investigation by CAPS. USDA issued a Decision and Order on December 2 that terminates Bauck’s license. Bauck sold to pet shops in the Chicago area.

WHAT: CAPS is protesting Happiness is Pets, which has six locations in the Chicago area, to draw awareness to the connection between pet shops and puppy mills. Almost all pet shops obtain dogs from puppy mills. Informing the public about the dangers of purchasing pet shop dogs is more important now than ever as people consider purchasing companion animals for gifts this holiday season.

WHEN: Saturday, December 19, 2009 from 1-3 pm CST

WHERE: Happiness is Pets, 616 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL 60148

WHY: Happiness is Pets sells dogs from puppy mills - commercial breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies for resale through pet shops and brokers. USDA licensed facilities are puppy mills.

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.




759 CJC Hwy., #332 • Cohasset, Massachusetts 02025Phone: (781) 210-0938 • Fax: (781) 210-0928

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West Hollywood City Council to Vote on Ordinance Banning Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Shops

Event date: 2010-02-01
Publication name: CAPS
URL for more info: see the list of Youtube videos
Summary:

Following a CAPS undercover investigation into West Hollywood pet stores and a five and a half month protest of Elite Animals, West Hollywood City Council will be voting on an ordinance that will prohibit the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops, with an exemption for the adoptions of shelter and rescue animals.
 
This is a very important vote concerning animals in pet factories and this ordinance, if it passes, will have a wide-ranging effect. We would like all the activists who participated in our anti-puppy mill campaign to join us at the council hearing in support of this ordinance. If you are a leader of a group (rescue, animal rights/welfare, etc) or expert in the dog/cat field (vet, shelter director, SPCA Director, rescuer, trainer, etc.) or if you are a resident of the City of West Hollywood or a celebrity, we urge you to attend and speak. Even if you cannot make the meeting next Monday, you can write a letter of support from your organization.
 
The meeting will be at 6:30pm, on Monday Feb.1st, at 647 N. San Vicente in West Hollywood, just across the street from the Pacific Design Center.
 
We are on the verge of a major celebration. Come ready to cheer. This might just turn into a party.

View footage and news stories about the CAPS protest at Elite Animals, which obtained dogs from USDA licensed dog brokers  Gerry and Angie Wensmann, who run a puppy mill in Minnesota that CAPS has investigated twice.  CAPS protested Elite Animals for nearly six months.  The store no longer sells animals although the owner told us that she might buy from California-based breeders (Southern California has a number of unlicensed puppy mills).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BpleOas2go

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avVth1Qe0PU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVzYK0jglGw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IuyzCWHfo4

On behalf of animals suffering in pet shops and mills and for those who die in shelters every day because people continue to buy puppies and kittens rather than adopting from shelters and rescue organizations, we thank you.

Deborah Howard, President, Companion Animal Protection Society 
Carole Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society
Carole Sax, Campaign Coordinator, Companion Animal Protection Society
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CAPS Communication to the USDA and APHIS

To:
Dr. Chester A. Gipson
Deputy Administrator- Animal Care
United States Department of Agriculture
&
...Dr. Gerald Rushin
Veterinary Medical Officer
United States Department of Agriculture

From:
Ed Green and Dave Ross
Crowell & Moring LLP


Excerpt:
On behalf of the Companion Animal Protection Society ("CAPS") and Ms. Howard, we wanted to take a moment to congratulate USDA and APHIS for planning to provide more accessible Animal Welfare Act enforcement information to the public on a regular and systematic basis. CAPS welcomes the increased transparency and enhanced enforcement effort described during the May 20, 2010 Animal Care Stakeholder Update meeting and in Administrator Smith's April 29, 2010 press release (enclosed). Quite frankly, these developments are long overdue... 

Attachments:

Letter to APHIS (PDF)
Inspection Requirements (April 19, 2010) (PDF)
Inspection Requirments Attachments (Checklist for Animal Care Inspection Report) (PDF)
USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Care Program Inspections of Problematic Dealers

Related News:

Article: USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills
By: Mary Clare Jalonick (AP)
Who: Associated Press
URL for more info: USDA fails to crack down on puppy mills

Excerpt:
WASHINGTON — An internal government report says dogs are dying and living in horrific conditions due to lax government enforcement of large kennels known as puppy mills.

Investigators say the Department of Agriculture agency in charge of enforcing the Animal Welfare Act often ignores repeat violations, waives penalties and doesn't adequately document inhumane treatment of dogs. In one case cited by the department's inspector general, 27 dogs died at an Oklahoma breeding facility after inspectors had visited the facility several times and cited it for violations...
Published in CAPS News
Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:00

Animal Wise Radio from January 16, 2011

Animal Wise Radio meets Carolyn Resnick, a horse person's graduate teacher. Known among horse lovers as one of the finest, she will share some of her method and own evolution in her learning about connecting with horses for the best possible partnership. Deborah Howard, founder of the Companion Animal Protection Society will also join us to talk about the USDA and puppy mills. How does a convicted puppy mill operator continue selling to pet shops? We'll talk about a Minnesota case study. And Nathan Winograd discusses grass roots, no-kill efforts in Cumberland, MD.

For more information visit: http://itunes.apple.com/no/podcast/animal-wise-radio-podcast/id74172441
Published in CAPS News
Forwarded from Carole Raphaelle Davis:

If you haven't called yet, this takes 2 minutes. SB 113 guts the Missouri puppy mill bill, Prop B. Pet factory owners have narrowly passed a bill to take protection for breeding dogs out of their state. The vote was 85-71, meaning the governor COULD veto this. WE WANT HIM TO VETO 113! Call Gov. Jay Nixon today at (573) 751-3222.
Leave a message. This is IMPORTANT.

For more information, visit the Animal Law Coalition page or click here.
Published in CAPS News
Publication/Event date: 2011-04-19

Publication name: philly.com / Philly Dawg

URL for more info: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/Miracle-in-Missouri-Gov-activists-breeders-reach-deal-on-kennel-bill.html

Summary:
Last week it looked like Proposition B, "The Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act," in Missouri was dead.

Lawmakers in the puppy mill capital of the nation had scuttled the voter-approved referendum aimed at making commercial kennels - of which there are more than 1,000  - more humane.

Today Gov. Nixon announced a deal to save the major provisions of the proposition, drawing praise from animal welfare advocates, breeders and the farm lobby alike.

"The agreement that was signed today upholds the intent of the voters, protects dogs and ensures that Missouri agriculture will continue to grow," said Nixon in a statement.

Continue reading...
Published in CAPS News
Monday, 27 June 2011 20:00

Puppy mill sales ban in the works

CAPS President Deborah Howard spoke at the hearing for this ordinance. CAPS is working with Legislator Jon Cooper to help draft the ordinance.

Publication/Event date: 2011-06-22

Publication name: Times Beacon Record

URL for more info: http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-i-2011-06-23-88718.112114-sub18235.112114-Puppy-mill-sales-ban-in-the-works.html

Summary:
Legislation introduced by Majority Leader Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Neck) would ban the retail sale of puppies from puppy mills, thus compelling pet stores in Suffolk to sell only dogs that come from animal shelters, rescue organizations or responsible, county-based breeders that can show the puppies' mother is on the premises.

Violators would be fined $500 or $1,000 per puppy, according to a draft of the legislation.

Continue reading...

Related articles:
Riverhead Patch: Animal Advocates Support Ban of Puppies for Retail Sale
Riverhead Local: Three hour hearing on puppy sales ban: to be continued
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