Friends of Animals (FoA) and Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) will join forces with over 1,000 animal rights activists at a bullfighting arena in Rodilhan, a small village in the south of France. A US delegation is flying to France to support Comité Radicalement Anticorrida (CRAC Europe), the French anti-bullfighting organization.
The City Council of San Diego unanimously passed a Companion Animal Protection Society's proposed ordinance ban of retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits
SAN DIEGO, Calif., July 10, 2013 – Yesterday, San Diego became the second largest city in the United States to ban the sale of companion animals. The decision mirrors other initiatives, spearheaded by Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) , in cities across the US and Canada.
The City Council of San Diego unanimously voted in favor of a CAPS' proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within the city. The Office of the City Attorney worked closely with CAPS to draft this final proposal that will go into effect in 30 days. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California (including West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles), have passed similar legislation.
CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and the non-profit began back in June 2012. Other animal welfare organizations joined forces later on to assist in the effort. This will be CAPS' fifth successfully introduced and passed ordinance of its kind and the 32nd city in the US with anti-puppy mill legislation.
“We got the ordinance we wanted. Getting it passed has been hard work but when I come home and look in the eyes of my little puppy mill dog, it makes me happy to have participated in making the sale of puppy mill dogs illegal in my city,” said Sydney Cicourel, San Diego campaign coordinator for CAPS, who's been working on the ordinance for more than a year with the committee.
The City Council of San Diego meets today to consider an Office of the City Attorney's draft of a CAPS proposed ordinance prohibiting the sale of factory-bred dogs, cats and rabbits in retail stores within San Diego. Over 30 cities across the country, a number of them in California like West Hollywood, Glendale, Irvine, and Los Angeles, passed similar legislation.
The Council's Committee on Public Safety and Neighborhood Services meeting includes a discussion of the ordinance details and supporting evidence. CAPS formally introduced the ordinance on March 13, but talks between the City of San Diego and CAPS began as far back as June, 2012. A group of other animal welfare organizations formed later to assist this effort.
David Salinas, owner of San Diego Puppy, will be represented by Mike Canning, CEO of Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, and is expected to speak against the ordinance. According to various sources they will argue shelters and rescues are trying take down the competition by pushing legislation. CAPS own investigation into Salinas' various business, including his pet shop and earlier online ventures, concluded he obtained dogs from known puppy mills.
The meeting will take place today (May 1, 2013) at 2:00 PM PST. Marti Emerald is the current Public Safety and Neighborhood Services chairperson.
Location: Council Committee Room, 12 Floor,
City Administration Building 202 C Street,
San Diego, California.
HOLLEY, NY, February 1, 2013- The annual Hazzard County Squirrel Slam may be a fundraiser for the Holley Fire Department, but for animal lovers everywhere the event is a nightmare. Companion Animal Protection Society, a national non-profit dedicated to protecting companion animals of all species, is calling for a boycott of the event and a global campaign to stop it.
Companion Animal Protection Society protests pet shop in Lisle, Illinois for selling puppy mill dogs.
LISLE, IL, February 2, 2013 – Local pet shop Puppy Parlor advertises on their website huge store-wide sales but they exclude puppies. They find other ways to entice buyers with already low prices on dogs. The problem: selling pets from puppy mills might be a cost cutting move, but it comes with a high collateral price.
For Immediate Release
Barkworks Pet Store Folds Under Pressure From Anti- Pet Shop/Puppy Mill Nonprofit
Following a protracted anti-puppy mill campaign by The Companion Animal Protection Society, the Barkworks pet store in Los Angeles’ Westside Pavilion will be closing.
LOS ANGELES – The Westside Pavilion location of Barkworks, the largest pet shop chain in the Los Angeles area, is closing for good on Monday. Barkworks has been the target of investigations and campaign outreach by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), a national nonprofit whose primary focus is the pet shop and puppy mill industry.
A landmark ordinance, spearheaded by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), officially passed on Wednesday. The ban was the result of years of pressure from non-profit organizations like CAPS to curb the influx of puppy mill dogs into big cities. In February of last year, CAPS provided the Los Angeles City Council with the results of its two year investigation into LA's retail pet stores and the commercial breeding facilities – mostly from the Midwest and rural California – that supplied them.
The undercover investigation included video and photographic evidence of puppy mill operators who routinely violated federal law – Animal Welfare Act (AWA) – as well as state laws protecting animals. CAPS uncovered evidence that many of LA's pet retailers still purchased and supported commercial breeders. Most of these puppy mills were neglectful and abusive to their animals, repeatedly violated USDA minimum standard of care, and often bred sickly or subpar dogs. CAPS also discovered that LA's pet stores were misleading unsuspecting consumers by selling them sick and dying animals.
In addition to the undercover investigations, CAPS organized hundreds of protests in Los Angeles pet stores that also put pressure on local officials to act against puppy mills. CAPS led a landmark protest in 2009 inside the Westside Pavilion Mall in Los Angeles against one of seven Barkworks stores, which set the stage for a long campaign in the Southern California. CAPS broke new ground in the California animal protection movement by invoking the more expansive California Constitution to legally protest inside a mall, which is a de facto public forum under California case law.
CAPS continued its Barkworks campaign by holding several more protests at three malls, often with more than 100 participants. One of our unique protests included more than 70 inner city public high school students who got involved after learning about the puppy mill-pet shop-shelter connection from CAPS. CAPS' campaigns in the Los Angeles area also pushed several retailers into switching to a humane business model, on which part of the LA ordinance is based. In an eight-month period, four stores stopped selling puppy mill dogs and began offering animals from shelters and rescue organizations.
“After eight years of investigations and protests, we are satisfied and optimistic about breaking the blood money contracts between puppy mill owners who abuse animals and L.A. pet retailers. This ordinance will relieve mill animals and help save the lives of animals who are killed at Los Angeles Animal Services. The 2011-2012 body count is unacceptable, with 9,056 dogs and 12,061 cats killed in our shelters. We are relieved that finally, the cries of L.A.’s shelter animals have been heard. Puppy mills and cruel pet factories will fade into history at last," said Companion Animal Protection Society West Coast Director Carole Raphaelle Davis.
The legislation is particularly important because it makes LA the largest city in the US and Canada to ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits from commercial breeders. CAPS has consistently supplied reliable evidence to cities determined to stop puppy mills from selling dogs to their communities. Our West Hollywood, California ordinance banning the sale of pet shop puppies and kittens received worldwide media coverage and was the genesis for the now growing ordinance movement in both this country and Canada.
There are ordinances banning the sale of pet shop puppies and kittens in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas and Canada. We assisted with the by-law in Richmond, British Columbia, which was the inspiration for the recently passed by-law in Toronto. CAPS also worked with Legislator Jon Cooper in Suffolk County before he withdrew his proposed ordinance due to state preemption, which CAPS is now trying to get removed from the state lemon law.
The West Hollywood ordinance, which passed in February of 2010, was possible because of the relentless work of the CAPS West Cost team, which submitted CAPS undercover investigation of the local pet shop and the atrocious Wensmann puppy mill in Minnesota that supplied this pet shop. CAPS was subsequently involved with getting pet shop ordinances passed in Glendale and Irvine, Calif. CAPS was recently involved in getting the first pet shop ordinance passed in Illinois and is working on other municipalities in the Chicago area. Sarasota County, which has three pet shops, is also on the agenda.
The LA ban was introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz, a West Hollywood Council member from 2000 to 2006 and a longtime supporter of animal rights. The measure will give a much needed boost to the overburdened municipal shelter system, which currently has thousands of pets ready for adoption.
“Finally, an end to rabbits bred in cruel pet factories who are then trucked to unscrupulous retail animal dealers here in L.A., only to live out their sad lives in a cage. We have high hopes that consumers will now gladly turn to the shelters to adopt homeless and sterilized rabbits,” said President of Bunny World Foundation Lejla Hadzimuratovic.
In February of last year, CAPS provided L.A.’s City Council with the results of its two-year investigation into L.A.’s retail pet stores and the California and Midwest commercial breeding factories that supply them. The undercover investigation included video and photographic evidence of puppy mill operators who routinely violated federal law (Animal Welfare Act) as well as state laws to protect animals. CAPS uncovered evidence that L.A.’s pet retailers are currently in business with commercial breeders (puppy mills) who are neglecting and abusing animals, repeatedly violating USDA minimum standards of care. CAPS also discovered that L.A.’s pet stores are fraudulently selling sick and dying animals that come from substandard commercial breeding facilities and misleading consumers.
In addition to its undercover operations, CAPS organized hundreds of protests at Los Angeles pet stores, converting several retailers to a humane business model on which the L.A. ordinance is based. Dogs, cats and rabbits from rescue organizations and our municipal shelter system will now have the opportunity to be adopted by the public in L.A.’s pet stores.
The city attorney’s office has informed CAPS that the sales ban ordinance will officially take effect after next week when it goes for a final vote with a “super majority.”
“After eight years of investigations and protests, we are satisfied and optimistic about breaking the blood money contracts between puppy mill owners who abuse animals and L.A. pet retailers. This ordinance will relieve mill animals and help save the lives of animals who are killed at Los Angeles Animal Services. The 2011-2012 body count is unacceptable, with 9,056 dogs and 12,061 cats killed in our shelters. We are relieved that finally, the cries of L.A.’s shelter animals have been heard. Puppy mills and cruel pet factories will fade into history at last.” Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society.
“Finally, an end to rabbits bred in cruel pet factories who are then trucked to unscrupulous retail animal dealers here in L.A., only to live out their sad lives in a cage. We have high hopes that consumers will now gladly turn to the shelters to adopt homeless and sterilized rabbits.” –Lejla Hadzimuratovic President of Bunny World Foundation
By: Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast Director, Companion Animal Protection Society
CAPS on Barkworks
LA City Ordinance - Council File No. 11-0754
CAPS on Humane Stores