Non-profit organization Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) has purchased billboard ads throughout the Los Angeles area asking celebrities to take to Twitter and inform their followers about the horrors of puppy mills while conveying the importance of adopting dogs from shelters.
In one such billboard located on the corner of Lankershim and Moorpark, the animal welfare group asks Hollywood super couple Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher to “please tweet all your followers and tell them about puppy mills. The dogs desperately need your help."
"You can see how much they love their dogs from their tweets," said MLAR volunteer Gina Lasky. "A few celebrity tweets could help hundreds of thousands of dogs confined to our nation's puppy mills."
According to MLAR, animal advocate and author Jana Kohl decided to sponsor the billboards after learning of a USDA audit that revealed deplorable conditions in federally licensed dog breeding facilities.
Even when one kennel’s conditions were so poor that dogs had to resort to cannibalism, federal inspectors still failed to act.
"When special interest groups manage to overturn laws, and when federal inspectors disregard our existing laws and fail to protect these animals, then all we can do is raise public awareness and hope people do the right thing once they understand how much these animals suffer," said MLAR founder Bill Smith. "Thousands of puppy mills would close tomorrow if consumers simply adopted dogs from shelters rather than buying dogs bred in puppy mills and then sold in pet stores or over the Internet."
To learn more about MLAR’s campaign visit www.dogsinacage.com.
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