Demonstrators march on Michigan Ave to protest puppy mills

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Demonstrators marched down Michigan Ave. Sunday calling for puppy mills to be shut down and for pet lovers boycott establishments that cater to mills.

Puppy mill puppies – according to the protestors – are the helpless victims of unscrupulous pet store owners who mass-produce the dogs on such a huge scale that the animals end up enduring an existence that borders on medieval torture.

Cari Meyers, founder and President of the Puppy Mill Project says, “There are all kinds of problems – there are certainly physical problems, there are emotional problems there are genetic problems. I’ve never seen one that didn’t have some problems of some sort.”

The group is urging buyers to purchase their dogs and cats from rescue groups, shelters or humane organizations that protect pets. Mills, they say injure puppies so much that it takes months or years to bring them back to health.

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  • diane

    The answer to ending puppy mills is EDUCATION no legislation. This is one of those “feel good laws” that accomplishes nothing but score a few brownie points for a politician ( like Quinn and the mayor).

    While I don’t support puppy mills , there are very bad shelters out there that are not being addressed . These shelters are over-crowded and do not have staff necessary to care both physically and medically for those animals in their charge.
    And finally there are bad owners. Those folks who buy a puppy from store or shelter who have neither the time, patience , monies, or space required for raising an animal. Which is the main reason why shelters are over-crowded. Impulse owners find the animal is too much trouble , expensive,or they’re moving to a new home and the pet is no longer welcomed as a family member. Unless you outlaw the ownership of dogs and cats , they are still as legal as any other product sold without a prescription in most parts of the state
    So if folks who want a pure bred pet or just want the dog of their choosing, they will just go elsewhere, outside the county or find them online.
    Like as I state in the intro THIS IS JUST FEEL GOOD LEGISLATION THAT IS POORLY WRITTEN and solves nothing.

    • Dawn G

      Evidently you should take some of your own advice and educate yourself. Your argument is ridiculous. What would be the purpose of outlawing pet ownership? What you’re saying is unless pet ownership is outlawed there is no stopping the horrifying practice of mass producing dogs and cats? Thank God not everyone feels the way you do and are working tirelessly to put an end to it. As far as buying a dog on the internet, online sales of pets are even less regulated than the puppy millers. Amazing that in the year 2014 people are still as ignorant as you are. I’m assuming you have the same internet access as the rest of us….put it to use and learn something.

    • della watkins

      All Dog/Animal Lovers PLEASE check this page! SHARE and LIKE.

      I need all my friends help to get my dog back. Please go to Noah’s Ark BRING HOLLY HOME. To read the whole story about her check out the about page here. Please show your support for Holly by liking and sharing the page. I’m sure no one would like someone stealing their dog and getting away with it.

    • Dee Santucci

      Education is the key, but you seem to be a little confused. It doesn’t sound like you’ve had any experience volunteering at a shelter and don’t really understand the issue here. There are now 60 municipalities that have banned the sale of puppy mill pets through pet stores and it’s growing. Also, people can always find a responsible breeder to get a pure breed. 25% of animals in shelters are purebreds and there are rescues for virtually every breed out there! The link below was created by a Veterinarian who never puts profits ahead of the welfare of the animals in her care or ahead of the consumers who are being lied to by the pet store, Internet breeders, farmers markets etc. The link has plenty of info on how to find a good rescue, shelter or breeder. So now you can educate yourself, and others. Thank you,

  • mickie

    I give you a thumbs up and if I could give you a standing O I would. I remember reading the headline of “Gov Quinn Signs a 3rd Grader’s Legislation into Law. And most of my law students buddies agreed it was grade school legislation.
    This was the governor’s attempt to get mid-term votes from people who vote on a single issue.
    If banning pure bred sales would end animal abuse and over-crowding than make premarital sex illegal and we wouldn’t have unwed mothers. Or maybe build a fence along the Mexican boarder and end illegal immigration.. These great sound bites for the media but its bad law. And Cook county can’t even enforce the laws that are already on the books so why create more?

    • Dee Santucci

      NO ONE is banning the sale of purebreds. Only carelessly breed purebreds of questionable quality. And it’s not just about the puppies. The breeders sell them to pet stores for a few hundred and the pet stores charge uneducated consumers thousands for them! It’s called consumer fraud. People can find a responsible breeder through their local kennel club. These breeders raise the mothers and puppies in their home and socialize them. They do genetic testing before breeding. No responsible breeder would EVER sell to a pet store. They want to meet the potential owner of one of their puppies and have you see how the Mother lives. (NOT IN A KENNEL 24/7) You are either involved in the puppy mill scam or have no clue what you’re talking about.

    • Dee Santucci

      The fact that these pet stores need to apply for a license each year would make it easy to enforce. The breeding dogs used in Commerical breeding are classified as LIVESTOCK and not protected under companion animal laws. The livestock standards are totally inadequate and not enforced. In 2010, the USDA Inspector General issued a scathing report on APHIS’s inability to enforce the already inadequate laws that regulate commercial breeders. The report is 69 pages long but it only takes a minute to scroll down and see the horrendous conditions these breeding dogs endure, bred till dead or until they can no longer produce a litter and are disposed of or left to die. If you can look at these pictures at USDA licensed, inspected and approved commercial breeders and still think this is OK, then you need a sensitivity chip installed. Even if you don’t care, most people would NOT want to support this puppy mill cruelty if they knew the truth. And they ARE learning the truth.

  • AmySue

    Anyone against this legislation is in favor of puppy mills.. simply put, there is no middle ground. We have nothing to lose to air on the animals safe side. If the ban saves a single pair of breeding dogs from a lifetime inside a small wire cage, then it worth it. If you don’t agree, then you’re siding with the pet stores making money over saving these dogs from abuse and neglect. Let them find another way of making money- I’m not against that- I’m against them making money at the expense of the dogs- they’re not houseplants, they are living breathing mammals.