Tuesday, February 7, 2012

HSUS forms dog Breeders Advisory and Resource Council - Finally some Big Guns aiming at Puppy Mills

The growing march against puppy mills got some big guns supporting the effort late yesterday with the announcement of a (dog) Breeders Advisory & Resource Council formed by the Humane Society of the United States. In the press release announcing the council, Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS said:

“For too long, large-scale commercial puppy mills have given all dog breeders a bad name. We commend the responsible breeders who are showing leadership in their community and speaking out against the abusive operations that treat dogs not like loving family members, but like a cash crop. Everyone who cares about the health and welfare of dogs must be part of the solution, and we are excited about this new partnership.”

The council is composed of dog breeders from across the country. Their first goal is helping consumers understand the hows and whys of responsible breeding is essential to ending the cruelty inflicted on dogs by puppy mill operators, including those who sell on the Internet.

This is a great turn of events. BUT I read this quickly well after midnight and what I didn't see was anything about regulations for breeders, working with legislators to create breeder regs or how breeders would be monitored. I'm praying that the announcement of Breeder Regulations will be forthcoming soon. (read more here)

What do you think? Will the HSUS make a difference in your opinion?
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Helen P. said...

I don't think it will make of a difference until a push for new laws are made. But this is a (slow) start at least! Going forward a little is better than nothing.

Reba Messina said...

I agree Helen. It is a s-l-o-w process. If we turn the heat on more and more it will help. There are legislators in several states who are involved and we need more. They must be able to relate. They have families and dogs and cats too.

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Vet said...

Very good to hear! I think it is a step in the right direction!

Rumpydog said...

Isn't this great? I was SO happy to hear it!

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