On January 1, 2012, 2 new laws – the Welfare of Greyhounds Act and Dogs Breeding Establishments Act – were introduced in Ireland to control puppy farming (ie. puppy mills). For so long, Ireland was known as the Puppy Mill of Europe and after years of animal welfare activists fighting legislators, the legislators finally listened. These 2 new acts created new legislation specifically aimed at banning all puppy farms/mills.
With this new legislation, there are 3 key points: 1.) Veterinarians now have the right to inspect all breeding locations and immediately shut down any facility that does not meet the new strict standards of care and environmental conditions. 2.) Just as in shelters, all puppies are required to be microchipped so that history can be traced directly to the breeder. 3.) All breeders must be registered with their local authority.
Although this new legislation still allows commercial breeding, Continue reading
From shutting down puppy mills to rescuing animals from disaster-stricken areas to creating stricter laws in animal protection, what cause did your donation help in fighting for a victory? What petition did you sign that reached it’s goal? In 2011, many of the worldwide organizations dedicated to caring, rescuing, and protecting all animals accomplished more than expected and thus paving the way for more victories in 2012.
Each year we (animal advocates) get closer and closer to the greater good and so we must continue fighting the good fight and be the voices for those who can’t speak.
Click on any of these org’s links for a recap of what you helped accomplish in 2011:
Humane Society of the U.S.
World Wildlife Fund
Whether it be any of these organizations or your local shelter/rescue, please continue to donate what you are able to afford. Even $10 goes a long way.
Thank you and Happy New Year! Let’s accomplish more in 2012!
Posted in animal care, animal ethics, animal rescue, education, legislation, puppy mills
Tagged 2011, 2012, accomplishments, animal advocacy, rescue, victories
Pawsitive Change is a proud partner of The Shelter Pet Project and is now partnering up with PetSmart in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago. I will be there this Saturday March 27th 11am-2pm promoting pet adoptions! I hope to see you there!
Attention all Illinois Residents:
The Pet Store Disclosure Bill will be voted on this week. This disclosure law is vital for consumer protection – helping them to make informed decisions and learning more about where animals come from. This important legislation will help combat the unethical puppy mill industry by mandating that pet stores post their breeder information on the cage so consumers can make informed decisions. It will also list the health record and size of the facility as well as if the dog was in the hand of a dog broker or middleman. Continue reading
If you are as passionate as I am about ending puppy mills but don’t know where your state stands on current laws, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has provided a detailed table by state and criteria. Even if you just look for your state, take a moment to read where other states stand.
Did you know…..
* Almost 4million homeless cats and dogs are put down in shelters in the U.S. each year. That’s 1 every 8 seconds.
* Thousands of buyers unknowingly support puppy mills and non-licensed breeders, who are more into making money than caring for animals and reducing pet overpopulation.
* Refusal of spaying or neutering your pet can add to the overpopulation of pets.
* AKC registered dogs are NOT guaranteed as healthy dogs. The AKC registered certificate just states that the dog had parents of the same breed HOWEVER these papers can very easily be falsified.
* “puppy mill rejects” (in other words, non-profitable puppies) are either put down or sold to research laboratories Continue reading