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Puppy Mills

Should Female Dogs Be Used As Puppy Mill Breeding Machines and Unwanted Pups Killed?

Marc Bekoff | Posted 05.13.2016 | Denver
Marc Bekoff

The incredibly heartless suggestion that we use dogs as breeding machines is repulsive and should be countered in every possible way.

Putting Muscle Behind the Animal Welfare Mission

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.04.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

What's clear is that strong animal cruelty laws and dedicated enforcement go hand in hand with the elevation of public attitudes about the seriousness of these crimes. Each inspires and activates the other, and both are necessary to effectively tackle this problem.

ASPCA at 150: The Next Steps in Preventing Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.18.2016 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While our historic milestone provides plenty of reasons to take pause and commemorate our past, the urgency of our cause demands that we continue to look ahead. To that end, the ASPCA is at the forefront of three relatively new areas of animal welfare concentration where the potential for saving lives is nearly limitless.

Shut Down Puppy Mills

Cathy Kangas | Posted 04.14.2016 | Green
Cathy Kangas

There is nothing more heartbreaking than puppy mills. Around the country, large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities focus on quantity, not qualit...

50 Puppies Found Packed In Overnight Van As Pet Store Denies Abuse

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.05.2016 | Crime

The sound of yipping and whining coming from a van parked behind a New Jersey pet store led to the discovery of more than 50 puppies packed in small c...

For Harley: Let's Shut Puppy Mills Now!

Lois Pope | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Lois Pope

A true American hero died last week, and I - and, in fact, all of us - should be deeply saddened. For while Harley had but one eye, he saw, and exper...

Buyer Beware: A Puppy's Hidden Cost

Stephen Wells | Posted 03.01.2016 | Green
Stephen Wells

"Adopt, don't shop" is a common mantra in the animal protection world. There's so much behind those three little words. It's not just about the millio...

How the Federal Budget Package Protects Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.19.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The federal spending omnibus package President Obama signed today represents months of negotiations by the House and Senate. And while some of the loudest and largest passengers on that omnibus include defense spending, tax reform, and homeland security, a number of critical animal causes fortunately found seats as well.

Too Many People Are Still Not Adopting Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 10.12.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

For most people concerned about animal welfare, adopting pets from an animal shelter or rescue organization is unquestionably the right thing to do. However, as we observe "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month," it's easy to incorrectly assume that the general public understands this imperative.

Beverly Hills Mandates That Pet Stores Can Only Sell Shelter Animals

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 08.22.2015 | Good News

From now on, the real house cats and dogs of Beverly Hills come from animal shelters. This week, the Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed an ...

Puppy Parties: The Latest in Prime-Time Support of Puppy Mills

Francis Battista | Posted 08.13.2015 | Green
Francis Battista

Who doesn't love a pile of puppies? With all the soft fur and puppy breath, the never-ending cuteness is irresistible. So imagine being offered a chance to have a pile of puppies delivered to your door to help pump up the fun at your kid's birthday party. But is this promoting puppy mills?

Oh, the Places You'll (Never) Go!

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Ingrid Newkirk

Animals played starring roles in most of Dr. Seuss' works, so it's a treat for many people to see another book featuring animals, What Pet Should I Get?, published decades after his death. The publishers honored the kind author by including a PETA-requested addendum urging families who are considering welcoming animals into their homes and hearts to adopt, not shop, for them. But there is more to be said.

It's a Dog's Life at Slobberfest

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Abbott

More than a million people attend Slobberfests all over North America - from Lynchburg, Virginia, Erie, Pennsylvania, Redmond, Washington and Rochester, Minnesota, to Toronto, Ontario, to name just a few of them.

Here Are The Worst Puppy Mills In America

The Dodo | Posted 05.05.2015 | Green

For the third year in a row, HSUS researchers have taken on the painstaking and heartbreaking task of reviewing hundreds of pages of state and federal...

'Puppies Are Dicks' Hilariously Makes The Case That Old Dogs Rule

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green

Let's get something straight: we aren't the ones dissing puppies here. That's Eric and Sara Sims, authors of the new book "Puppies Are Dicks: Adopt A...

Gov. Christie, Protect NJ Pets!

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

If pet stores are legally allowed to use unethical and inhumane breeders and brokers and to keep those sources secret, consumers have no way of making informed decisions when they bring a new pet into their family.

A Pivotal Law for NYC Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While these laws won't keep all puppy mill puppies out of New York City pet stores, it's a critical step in the right direction. Taken together they will deeply impact the lives of dogs in puppy mills across the nation, and further New York City's reputation as a leader in animal welfare and safety.

A Lot of People Worked Together to Save About 100 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Jen Reeder | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Jen Reeder

One of the fun things about being a pet writer is that people send me interesting story ideas out of the blue. So when I got on email on Sunday, November 23 about the rescue of almost 100 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels the day before, I started making calls to learn more.

Virginia Pet Stores: Selling Puppies and a Pack of Lies

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 01.12.2015 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

Our undercover investigations have proven time and time again that most pet stores purchase puppies from puppy mills. But that hasn't stopped so many pet stores we've investigated from trying to deceive customers about the origin of the pups it sells.

100 Dogs Rescued From Alleged Puppy Mill Will Soon 'Know What Compassion Is'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.06.2014 | Green

The dogs were found covered in layers of filth and matted hair, and underneath that, you could feel their ribcages. That's how Scotlund Haisley, pr...

For the Love of Dog, Put Us Out of Business

Robert Shapiro | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green
Robert Shapiro

Don't get us wrong, we love the cheer that lights up chilly December, but to the directors of a no-kill animal shelter in NYC, holidays spell little more than disaster for thousands of momentarily-loved pets in Manhattan alone.

N.C. Puppy Mill Rescue Highlights Deception, Dangers of Internet Sales of Dogs, Cats

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 12.08.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

As our animal rescue team entered a trash- and feces-filled house last Friday to rescue more than 50 dogs and cats from an Internet pet seller in Rutherford County, N.C., they nearly stumbled over a kitten.

Show Me the Money: Corporate Ag Bankrolling Missouri's Amendment 1

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

What would Amendment 1 mean in practical terms? Assuming the worst-case scenario:The state could not restrict foreign ownership of factory farms, or impose standards for animal care on these megafactories. That should concern every family farmer.

How to Fight a Puppy Mill

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Most people understand there's a difference between selling a puppy and selling a toaster oven, but do our laws? It depends where you look.

I Am a Dog: Happy Mother's Day to Rescuers

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 07.08.2014 | Good News
Maggie Van Ostrand

I am Cejas the Dog. I am grateful. Dog mothers don't have to be dogs themselves. We have birth dog mothers and then we have human Dog Mothers, the beautiful, dedicated, loving volunteers at local SPCAs, city shelters, and rescue organizations.