Puppy Mill Awareness Day: Care2 At Forefront of Fight to Ban Puppy Mill Sales
Social network for good Care2 aims to close puppy mills for good with campaigns in 10 states
After a multistate outbreak of Campylobacter infections was traced to puppy mill puppies sold at Petland, Care2 is ramping up efforts to ban the sale of puppies from puppy mills nationwide in light of Puppy Mill Awareness Day on Sept. 19. The site is currently hosting 11 petitions to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs in 10 states; some of the petitions have gathered over 100,000 signatures.
Care2 is on the forefront of nationwide efforts to close down puppy mills for good. All of the petitions are seeking state or local legislation requiring that all dogs and cats sold in pet stores to come from local shelters and rescue groups.
VIEW THE CARE2 PETITIONS HERE:
- Florida (state)
- Brevard County, Florida
- New York
Care2 is also hosting a petition asking Petland to swear off sales of dogs from commercial breeders after federal officials linked the bacterial infection to dogs sold there.
More than 200 cities and counties nationwide have passed laws banning pet stores from selling animals from puppy mills.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the bacteria, which causes diarrhea, has infected at least 39 people in 7 states: Ohio, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Florida. Nine people have been hospitalized since last September, but there have been no deaths.
Petland is the only major national chain selling dogs from mills. It operates stores in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Japan, Mexico and South Africa.