from the New Mexico News Connection - A statewide news service for New Mexico
Santa Fe, NM – Puppy mills are still pumping out dogs at thousands of locations around the U-S and selling directly to the consumer on-line without any regulations. One group is asking the Obama Administration to require that all large-scale commercial breeders be covered by the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act regulations, which would require minimum standards for humane treatment.
You can buy just about anything on-line now, but when that purchase is a brand new puppy, how much do you really know about where or how the puppy came to be? Thousands of puppies are bred and sold by large-scale commercial breeders often called “puppy mills.” Justina Calgiano, with the SPCA, says it's a situation where the humane treatment of animals takes a back seat to production and profit.
"The nature of it is just completely irresponsible and that's the reason shelters like us are in business."
Calgiano says a closer look at the issue shows one clear solution to the problem of puppy mills; if people don't buy from them, they won't stay in business.
"It's really getting out there that adopting a pet is really the only way to go and the only way to solve the problem of overpopulation."
The Humane Society currently has an on-line petition, gathering signatures to ask the Obama Administration to require commercial breeders to be covered by the USDA’s Animal Welfare Act regulations, which would require minimum standards for humane treatment.
Richard Alan reporting, email@example.com