To have it suggested that you are in favor of puppy mills is about as ugly an accusation as you encounter in the world of animal rights or welfare: it is saying that you are in favor of the criminal abuse of animals.
Here in New York state, where the market for pet store puppies is enormous, it makes sense to allow our towns and cities to take steps to protect animals and consumers. It makes sense, but in New York state, it's illegal.
Puppy mills and pet factories are likely to lose yet another important market in the ongoing battle between animal protection advocates, consumer protection advocates and the $84 billion pet trade industry.
From rescuing animals imperiled following natural disasters and cruelty situations to working with animal shelters to increase their adoption rates, the ASPCA witnessed many successes throughout the country.
While we encourage potential adopters to look at rescue websites to help find their perfect match, you should never, ever adopt or purchase an animal without meeting him or her first. By doing so, you could be funding the puppy mill industry.
All pets will enjoy toys and supplies purchased from puppy-free stores every bit as much as those purchased at stores selling puppies, so why not exercise your consumer power by only purchasing toys and other supplies at stores that do not support the puppy mill industry?
Over the past decade, the public has increasingly transitioned from buying their dogs in person to buying them online. The doggie on their browser looks to be an adorable, tail-wagging, well-cared-for puppy. And it couldn't be further from the truth.
Hurting puppies is unfathomable to most of us. Americans love puppies, and many of us agree with the late Charles M. Schulz's sentiments: "Happiness is a warm puppy." But despite all the adoration, puppies (and their mothers) continue to suffer in puppy mills.