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Michigan Pet Stores Take 'Puppy Friendly' Pledge
Michigan Ag Connection - 06/23/2010

Due to the efforts of local advocates with the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup of Southeast Michigan, nearly 100 Michigan pet stores have recently signed The Humane Society of the United States' puppy friendly pet store pledge -- committing not to sell puppies, and instead support local animal adoption programs and provide literature that helps customers learn how to locate a reputable breeder. The HSUS applauds these retailers because their actions prove it is not necessary to support the cruel puppy mill trade to operate a successful pet-related business.

"These stores have set a positive example of corporate responsibility for other businesses to follow," said Jill Fritz, Michigan state director for The HSUS. "Pet stores that profit from the cruel puppy mill industry need to step up and do the right thing by stopping their puppy sales. I am thrilled to have wonderful local advocates like the Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup of Southeast Michigan working in our area to increase the public's awareness of puppy mills."

Store owners and managers who sign The HSUS' pledge receive a placard proclaiming, "We love puppies; that's why we don't sell them," to display in the store, as well as materials about adopting a dog or finding a responsible breeder. The HSUS encourages shoppers to purchase pet supplies at stores displaying the puppy-friendly sign.

The majority of pet stores that sell puppies carry dogs from puppy mills, which are mass production facilities that churn out large numbers of puppies under inhumane conditions. The breeding dogs at puppy mills spend their entire lives in cramped cages or kennels with little or no personal attention or quality of life. Consumers who purchase puppies from pet stores or over the Internet without seeing a breeder's home firsthand are often unknowingly supporting this cruel puppy mill industry.



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