11 August 2011

ASPCA ‘No Pet Store Puppies’ campaign begins in Columbus on heels of revealing poll

According to a recent survey, 86 percent of those polled in Columbus, Ohio, would not purchase puppies if they knew the pups came from mills but unfortunately 74% are unaware that retail pet stores are supplied by the cruel dog factories.

Considering the poll results, Columbus sounds like the perfect place to start a national campaign to help the public connect pet stores to puppy mills. Coincidentally the ASPCA has the same idea.

The humane non-profit organization has launched its national “No Pet Store Puppies” campaign in Ohio’s capital city with 19 billboards that will hopefully start to shift that 74% number the other direction.

"Columbus is an important target region for the campaign because of the numerous pet stores that sell puppies in the area," said Jodi Lytle Buckman, Senior Director, Community Initiatives for the ASPCA. "Our goal is to raise awareness among Columbus consumers, most of whom know that puppy mills are bad, but don't realize that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Consumers can help end puppy mills and the inhumane treatment of dogs by not buying anything in pet stores or on Web sites that sell puppies. This campaign sends a clear message that consumers do not support the inhumane treatment of dogs."

The initiative “encourages animal lovers to support the campaign by taking an online pledge not to shop at their local pet stores or on Web sites for any items—including food, supplies and toys—if the stores or sites sell puppies.”

And even though it’s awfully tempting to purchase one of the cute little fur balls that pet stores market to window shopping consumers, the ASPCA wants you to resist the urge.

"Those adorable puppies in the pet store window are hard to resist, but, unfortunately, shopping at pet stores that sell puppies only serves to support the puppy mill industry," said Laurie Beacham, Senior Director, ASPCA Strategy & Campaigns. "Our campaign will educate consumers and inspire them to take action to be part of the solution and reduce the demand for puppy mill puppies. We continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter or seek a responsible breeder so that the puppy mill industry becomes unsustainable."

For more information on the campaign, visit the NoPetStorePuppies.com website.

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Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.