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.