Publication name: Examiner.com
URL for more info: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-sad-failure-of-ohio-s-legislators-to-protect-pets
What do seven Ohio companion animal bills all have in common?
They all dealt with animal cruelty and they all died in the 129th General Assembly over the past twelve months!
Ohio legislators have epically failed the state’s companion animals this year. Seven bills seeking to protect them and to strengthen animal welfare laws were introduced and all seven expired without a final hearing and vote.
Publication name: Care2
URL for more info: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/los-angeles-ordinance-bans-retail-animal-sales.html
They don’t call it the City of Angels for nothing. We’re not being sarcastic — Los Angeles has a serious soft spot for little furry critters. Last month, on Halloween, the L.A. City Council pulled off an impressive trick: formalizing its approval of an ordinance that bans the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits, becoming the largest American city to do so.
You heard right. In the future, the dogs, cats, and rabbits seen in Los Angeles pet stores will be from shelters or rescue groups. Products of puppy and kitten mills will simply not be available for sale in L.A. Animal advocates around the country are cheering this as a giant leap toward the Golden State becoming the largest no-kill community in the country. Way to go, Los Angeles
Publication name: In Forum
URL for more info: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/379699/group/News/
North Dakota voters handily rejected a measure Tuesday that would have created a felony penalty for malicious cruelty to a dog, cat or horse, but both sides in the contentious struggle vowed to seek changes in state animal cruelty laws at the 2013 Legislature.
With 318 precincts reporting out of 426, the “no” vote led, 132,214 to 66,354 “yes” votes, or 67 percent “no” to 33 percent “yes.” The margin stayed steady throughout the night and reflected decisive votes against the measure in Ramsey, Cavalier and other area counties. The measure also trailed in Grand Forks County but by a slimmer margin, 53 percent to 47 percent with 24 of 27 precincts reporting.
Examiner.com: North Dakota votes nay on strengthening animal cruelty laws
Publication name: CBS Los Angeles
URL for more info: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/10/31/la-city-council-approves-ban-to-keep-stores-from-selling-breeder-pets/
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — By a vote of 13-2 Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a ban that would keep stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats or rabbits.
Pet lovers will still be able to buy animals directly from breeders.
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
Publication name: NorthFork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/puppy-protestors-voice-safety-concerns
Demonstrators who have gathered outside The Puppy Experience in Aquebogue to raise awareness about puppy mills are concerned about public safety.
Barbara Dennihy, of the Companion Animal Protection Society said this week that demonstrators who congregate on Route 25 outside the store on weekends are "very concerned" about the number of cars that cross the double yellow line to enter and leave the parking lot of The Puppy Experience.
Publication name: Riverhead Patch
URL for more info: http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/what-do-you-think-can-be-done-to-stop-puppy-mills
For months, tempers have been flaring as protestors gather on Route 25 in Aquebogue outside The Puppy Experience to raise awareness about puppy mills.
One week, police were called to the scene after some said demonstrators should not be parking in the Aquebogue Elementary School lot.
Publication name: Northfork Patch
URL for more info: http://northfork.patch.com/articles/protestors-mark-national-puppy-mill-awareness-month
September is National Puppy Mill Awareness Month, and the protestors who have been gathering outside the Puppy Experience in Aquebogue to raise awareness plan to be out again on both Saturday and Sunday.
For months, protestors have gathered on Route 25 to educate about puppy mills, holding signs stating that many pet stores purchase dogs from puppy mills.
LANSING, Mich. – Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan is hosting a “Pups Parade” to promote legislation to enact standards for large-scale dog breeding facilities in Michigan. The parade will be at the Michigan Capitol Building, 100 North Capitol Avenue in Lansing, on Tuesday, September 25th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“Michiganders care about dogs and want to prevent puppy mills from coming to our state,” said Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. “We’ve all seen how easily large-scale breeding can spiral out of control, like the recent case in Allegan County.” In April of 2012, Allegan County officials removed more than 350 small dogs living in deplorable conditions from a breeding facility in Cheshire Township.
Dogs and dog advocates will conduct a sidewalk parade at the Michigan State Capitol and will ask lawmakers to pass two important pieces of humane legislation: The Pet Lemon Law (SB 574) to protect families who purchase sick animals from breeders or pet stores, and the Puppy Protection Act (HB 5230 and 5231, SB 891 and 892) to help prevent puppy mills from establishing themselves in Michigan.
The “Pups Parade” will kick off at 1:30 p.m. and will circle the Capitol square. At 2:30 pm, guest speakers will address the public, including Michigan Humane Society’s Linda Reider, Ingham County Animal Control director Jamie McAloon-Lampman, Representatives Vicki Barnett and Joan Bauer, author Marcia Fishman and her puppy mill survivor dog Rudolph, and Puppy Mill Awareness founder Pam Sordyl.
“We have no tolerance for animals suffering in large-scale kennels in Ingham County,” said Jamie McAloon-Lampman, director of Ingham County Animal Control. “We invite the public to visit their local shelters and save a life instead.”
Organizations and businesses co-hosting the event include Capital Area Humane Society, Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter, Helping Eaton Animal Resource Team (H.E.A.R.T.), Annabelle’s Pet Station, Animal Placement Bureau, and Voiceless-MI.
For more info, visit http://michiganpuppymills.yolasite.com/pupsparade.php