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The BreedeValley SPCA is facing a major crisis. The National SPCA wants them to close their doors on the 10th of May 2013 already. Gerda Du Toit has launched a petition to stop this from happening.
The second request is to help the SPCA lower their debt. If you could find it in your heart to spare some money to help them, their bank details are:
Breedevallei DBV;. FNB, Takkode 200407; Rek 54330149913
If you know of a company (or own a company) who can perhaps sponsor a bit more, I'm sure the SPCA would be eternally greatful as will all the animals they help.
Once the Breedevallei SPCA closes its doors and there is no one to take care of all those animals and we finally realise what all they did, I don't want to be one of those people who says: "I wish someone had done something" when I can be one of those people now.
Join with the American Kennel Club to express your concerns about the harsh and unintended consequences that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposed regulations (RIN 0579-AD57) to redefine “retail pet store” would have on responsible small and hobby breeders.
Under the proposed regulations, breeders - who maintain more than four “breeding females” and who sell even one puppy sight unseen, by any means (including online, by mail or by telephone), would now be regulated as commercial breeders by the USDA. The effect of these proposed regulations would be to take away the public’s opportunity to obtain puppies from some of our nation’s top breeders who in many cases, have dedicated their lives to breeding for health, breed type and temperament.
Under current law, the federal Animal Welfare Act exempts from federal oversight “retail pet stores,” which sell puppies directly to a final customer for use as pets. This exemption means that most non-commercial small or hobby breeders do not have to be licensed and regulated by the USDA. The proposed rule rescinds the exempt “retail pet store” status of anyone selling pets at retail to buyers who do not physically enter the breeder’s facilities in order to personally observe the animals available for sale.
The rule also requires anyone who owns more than four “breeding females” and sells puppies, cats or other small/exotic pets “sight unseen,” by any means, to be licensed, regulated and inspected as a USDA commercial breeder.
The AKC shares the USDA’s concern about substandard Internet puppy sellers that operate outside the current regulations. However, the unintended consequences of this proposed rule create unreasonable hardships on small hobby breeders. This rule could threaten the future of a vast number of small responsible dog breeders and the very existence of some rare breeds in the United States.
The rule creates an unfair burden on small breeders who may depend on the ability to place dogs very selectively in known situations without physically meeting with the purchaser at the specific time of sale. Likewise, many hobbyists are comfortable purchasing an animal sight-unseen based on known pedigrees, bloodlines, previous relationships or personal knowledge of each other’s facilities and programs. Such scenarios are particularly common and necessary for breeders and fanciers of rare breeds. The proposed rule does not make allowances if the purchaser is willing to sign a waiver of an in-person sale requirement.
It is unreasonable to expect small breeders, who may keep a handful of intact females in their homes, to be able to meet exacting USDA commercial kennel engineering standards that were never intended for home environments. Other pre-existing restrictions such as local ordinances, insurance or licensing may also prevent hobbyists from adapting their facilities.
What is a Puppy Mill?
A puppy mill is a large-scale commercial dog breeding operation where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs. Unlike responsible breeders, who place the utmost importance on producing the healthiest puppies possible, breeding at puppy mills is performed without consideration of genetic quality. This results in generations of dogs with unchecked hereditary defects.
Puppy mill puppies are typically sold to pet shops—usually through a broker, or middleman—and marketed as young as eight weeks of age. The lineage records of puppy mill dogs are often falsified.
How Are Animals Treated in Puppy Mills?
Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. To minimize waste clean-up, dogs are often kept in cages with wire flooring that injures their paws and legs—and it is not unusual for cages to be stacked up in columns. Breeder dogs at mills might spend their entire lives outdoors, exposed to the elements—or crammed inside filthy structures where they never get the chance to feel the sun or a gust of fresh air on their faces.
What Are Common Problems of Puppy Mill Dogs?
Musculoskeletal disorders (hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, etc.) Endocrine disorders (diabetes, hyperthyroidism)
Blood disorders (anemia, Von Willebrand disease)
Eye problems (cataracts, glaucoma, progressive retinal atrophy, etc.) Respiratory disorders
On top of that, puppies often arrive in pet stores—and their new homes—with diseases or infirmities. These can include:
Upper respiratory infections
Our campaign is to stop the over breeding of thousands of animals by puppy farms and backyard breeders and put them out of business.
We know that there are many wonderful pet shop owners out there that don't sell animals, and others that put animals from rescue centres in their windows to find homes for them.
These are NOT the ones perpetuating the problem. We encourage you to support ONLY these pet shops by buying all your pet accessories from them and telling all your friends and family to do the same.
We were visited on Sept 1st by the dog warden informing us that we had 1 too many dogs than the town allows. We were then told that 1 dog had to go. We have had our newest dog since December of 09 and she is very much a part of the family. To let her go would be like letting go one of my kids, and totally out of the question.
Heart of Denver Dogs is a community group for dog owners who believe in the health, welfare, and socialization of our pets. Due to geographic limitation such as condo living and zero yards, pet owners need to get the City of Denver and our representatives on board to allow us the freedom to exercise, solcialize, and play freely but responsibly in our local parks.
PLEASE JOIN THE MOVEMENT.
We are asking for off leash hours in all Metro Parks in a safe and community oriented way.
I recently went into the Petland located in Austin to see how the animals are being treated. I saw numerous dogs and puppies in cages with NO BLANKETS, shivering and curled up on the wire flooring. I also saw the same thing months earlier! Their is no reason why these dogs should not have blankets!
Please sign my petition in hopes of changing their policies! Most animal shelters give their animals blankets, Petland should be no exception! If we can't get it out of Austin, maybe we can at least let the animals keep warm!
Presently there is very little Canadian law regulating the MASS IMPORTATION of thousands of PUPPIES into Canada. The Trucks carrying hundreds at a time are arriving daily.
All that is required for documentation is any veterinarian certificate from the source country stating that the dogs have been vaccinated for rabies (if they are over one year old) and that they have been pre-approved for importation by application from their source - There is needs to be a greater GOVERNING AUTHORITY from CANADA verifying this information provided is "true".
PJ PETS, in Ontario and PET HABITAT in BC, along with many other pet stores across the country are purchasing puppies in wholesale quantities at wholesale prices through a major US brokerage firm called the HUNTE CORPORATION based in MISSOURI USA. This information is clearly stated on the puppy certificates.
The HUNTE CORPORATION "processes" and delivers hundreds of thousands of puppies annually.
The HUNTE CORPORATION has been proven to source IT'S puppies from known Puppy mills across the USA.
They are under investigation for many HUMANE VIOLATIONS in the US, but Canada has no jurisdiction over US policies, and Vise versa.
PET HABITAT sources 100% of it's puppies through the HUNTE CORPORATION.
Sick puppies are flooding into the country. Showing up with contractible diseases such as PARVO VIRUS and genetically transferable medical conditions. Many are Euthanized directly upon arrival.
*We are unable to provide the source of this information as to protect professional privacy* -Local Professional Veterinarians are often brought into the stores to provide this service.
This massive import is pushing the supply and therefore the demand for puppies. Canadians are un-wittingly fueling a system of abuse that only government intervention can reduce.
PET HABITAT in BC alone is boasting on their website an outrageous profit in sales...And are recruiting publicly for more franchises.
From their website: "Revenue for individual locations of a Pet franchise could go up to over a few billion dollars a year. Profits have jumped from $17 billion in sales in 1994 to a skyrocketing $38.5 billion in 2006 "
1) Is there a true NEED for this mass importation of American puppies? Is there a shortage of puppies born into canada or a lack of dogs needing homes in Canada?
2) Should there be a cap on the prices of these dogs?
The same puppy is purchased from it's home source for very little, sold to Pet stores like PET HABITAT for hundreds and then Sold again to the naive Canadian public for THOUSANDS. Is that ethical?
3) These puppies are also "breedable". What are the exponential risks and costs involved to Canadians with that issue alone over time?
*** Sign bellow to demand the complete stop of the mass importation of puppies into Canada by the Canadian government effective IMMEDIATELY.
Vale of Ah Dog park is used extensively by residents that fall within the Bankstown City Council's region. The park provides a place for residents to exercise their dogs in a safe and responsible manner.
Due to the cessation of daylight savings and the absence of lighting at the park, residents' usage of the park is extremely limited.
Unfair judgment should not be passed on anyone or anything. The fact that someone owns an American Pit Bull Terrier does not automatically mean they are a reckless, inattentive, or careless person nor does the fact that a dog is a Miniature Pinscher mean that is a destructive, hyper, or aggressive animal.
The different breeds are not the problem, issue, or dilemma. The thoughtless, negligent, and uncommitted owners are. Please stop these unjust acts and help protect the animals we love so much. Prosecute the negligent, oblivious, or caustic people that train and teach them to be violent and hostile.
In puppy mills dogs are crammed into small cages where they cannot stand up and do not receive the needed exercise. The dogs sleep in there own urine and contract illnesses from the hazardous cages. The cages are stacked on top of each other. The dogs do not receive proper veterinary care and their injuries cause deformities and sometimes death. There immune systems and bones are weak and this makes it easier for them to get sick. They are neglected and the only time the miller visits is to take away puppies, kill dogs that cannot produce anymore, or throw away dead animals. Female dogs produce litter after littler until they are not able to anymore. They care for their young until the miller comes and takes the puppies away. These are horrible conditions that are completely inhumane.
Have you ever wondered where the dogs you see in your local Pet Store come from? Most of them are from Animal Mills.
Dogs that live in Animal Mills are often kept in cages not able to walk, not well nourished, and female puppies are kept to spend the rest of their lives breeding more puppies.
Organizations such as, the Humane Society and other Rescue Shelters are working to stop Puppy Mills and save these poor animals.
Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) is Europe’s largest contract animal testing laboratory.
They have about 70,000 animals on site, including rabbits, cats, hamsters, dogs, guinea-pigs, birds and monkeys. These animals are destined to suffer and die in cruel, useless experiments. 500 of them die each day.
HLS will test anything for anybody. They carry out experiments which involve poisoning animals with household products, pesticides, drugs, herbicides, food colourings and additives, sweeteners and genetically modified organisms.
HLS have been infiltrated and exposed a number of times in recent years. Each time horrific evidence of animal abuse and staff incompetence has been uncovered, including workers punching beagle puppies in the face.
Take action to have this disgrace of a company closed down. For more information please visit www.huntingdonlifesciences.com and www.shac.net. These sites can explain it much better.
We often get asked about preventing and/or fixing aggression in Pitbulls so in an effort to help people deal with this issue we will write about a few basic tips that can help. It’s important you try to prevent aggression because it’s much easier to prevent than it is to fix.
First we need to make it clear that animal aggression and human aggression are two completely different things and are in no way linked. Just because a dog is aggressive toward other dogs or animals does not mean he will be aggressive toward people. In fact, with Pitbulls this is very obvious. Pitbulls are naturally aggressive toward other dogs and animals. It has been bred into them over many generations. But, they have also been bred to be friendly to people. This leads us to “soundness”, a sound Pitbull will never show aggression toward a person. A Pitbull that does, has been bred incorrectly, lacks confidence, and probably isn’t even a pure bred Pitbull and may not be a Pitbull at all. If a Pitbull does ever show aggression toward a person, it should be neutered or spayed immediately and never allowed to breed.
The reason for this is to prevent that trait from being passed down to further generations of Pitbulls. If irresponsible breeders continue to breed these bad traits, Pitbulls will soon be outlawed all over the world and possibly made extinct. When it comes to preventing and fixing aggression, there are three important factors that can be abbreviated as SST or Soundness, Socialization, and Training.
We already covered soundness so we will skip that and start with socialization. The best time to begin socializing your Pitbull is when it’s a puppy. This means you should allow your Pitbull puppy to interact with as many people and other dogs/animals as possible. Take it to a park or on walks through crowded areas.
The more people and animals it interacts with the less likely it will be to show aggression in the future. If you have an older Pitbull it can be more difficult to socialize because it may already be showing some aggression. In this case you must be more careful. One possibility is to get a good muzzle and put it on your Pitbull and then allow it to play with other dogs.
It may show aggression but with the muzzle on, it can’t do much damage. However if it does show aggression it should be immediately corrected. Training is another important aspect of preventing and stopping aggression because a well trained Pitbull will be easier to control. Training is a very large topic so we can’t cover it here in this article, but books contain a ton of information about training that can help you with this.
If you’ve trained your Pitbull correctly and it shows aggression, you can correct it and let your Pitbull know that you won’t accept that behavior. If you correct and punish your Pitbull every time it shows aggression you should be able to solve the problem.
By punish we don’t mean hitting or spanking because physical corrections don’t work very well on Pitbulls and for some Pitbulls, physical corrections don’t work at all. If you have a Pitbull and want to get another, you should get one of the opposite sex because Pitbulls are more aggressive toward the same sex. We recommend that if you have a Pitbull, you make sure that it’s your only pet.
It’s not wise to bring a Pitbull into a house that already has other dogs or cats. If you do already have another dog, whether it’s a Pitbull or another breed, you should make sure your Pitbulls is of the opposite sex of the dog you already have. Follow these guidelines and you will have no problem preventing aggression.
If your dog is already showing aggression this information should make it easier to fix but it’s much harder to fix than it is to prevent.
Rottweilers are possibly going to be added to the dangerous dog list, due to recent 'circumstances' following situations between rottweilers and humans.
Currently being advertised in national newspapers, we believe that this is due to bad training and other causes not due to the breed as such, and therefore I think this is cruel for the thousands of well behaved over soppy rottweilers that already exist and the many more yet to exist.
I feel the dogs as a breed are being victamised, when i was 5 not doing anything wrong I got viciously attacked by a westie/scottie not sure which it was white thats all I remember and it scarred my face for life!
I'm simply trying to say that any dog can bite/attack, but think all dogs should have to go to training from say 12 weeks for a minimum of 6 weeks, and ideally all owners should have to apply for some sort of ownership, by doing several checks (home checks-vet checks, checks after puppy training etc etc etc.) i then think this ownership should cost say £200 which could go to rescues and such like and yearly say £25-cheap enough people wont just dump them etc, plus there should be fines if you fail any criteria etc.
If they could put a rottweiler on soon gsd's dobermans etc would follow-and why? because of a handful of cases being sold to the papers all in 1 go making the breed look bad!
Please visit http://www.animalloversunite.co.uk to discuss the whole deed not breed issue we are all being faced with in the UK
Iams/Eukanuba does research on animals for their products which may not sound bad, but they first spay female cats, and make them eat so much food and make them unhealthily fat. They then starve the cats to do research about weight loss.
They also do stuff to puppies. They inject toxins into the puppies bodies so their kidneys don't function as well. They then kill the puppies.
Take a stand against this inhumane treatment!!!
We are most concerned at the increase of puppies and dogs being sold throughout Petshops in New Zealand. The numbers are increasing dramatically and some Breeders in NZ appear to be breeding for the Pet Shop Market and puppies being sold for huge amounts of money.
Not enough information is being given out re the Breeds of dogs, the sizes they grow to, the care they need, a suitable environment or contact with people in the same Breeds.
Many of these dogs once grown are being dumped into Rescue organisations or left to wander the streets until impounded. There are many horror stories and we are becoming aware of more.
We are also concerned about health issues with the puppies, after hearing of many cases with puppies being sold with fatal viruses or congenital diseases, usually unbeknown to the purchaser.
A Pet shop is not a suitable environment to sell a puppy from. There is not enough people contact, no training can be given and one of our worst concerns is what happens to the puppies who are not sold after 3 months of age?
We feel there are enough unwanted puppies and dogs in New Zealand, without Pet Shops adding to the problem by encouraging backyard breeders and puppy farmers to mate their bitch with the dog down the road, to produce some puppies to sell to the local petshop. These puppies are then sold on with no background checks on the new owners, no property inspections and no investigation into the suitability of the new owner for the breed.
We find it hard to understand why any dog breeder would place their puppies into Petshops to onsell and the only reason has to be monetary....
MAF has guidelines on the Selling of Companion Animals but we are aware that these are not being adhered to in alot of cases and are very hard for MAF and the SPCA to police.
This petition gives you a chance to express your feelings on the subject of puppies/dogs being sold through Petshops.
18. Ban Fear Factor
Please help stop the Anmial Abuse on the TV show FEAR FACTOR aired March 11th. The show that aired was showing many snake species being slammed into the box on this show where severly injured. Prior to a station break you even showed a close up of snake that had been injured - it's jaw was clearly traumatized by a severe blow. There is no doubt that many of the snakes were injured during this particular stunt.
There is no logical reason to treat snakes with any less respect than we would rabbits, cats or puppies. I can scarcely imagine a TV show that would have contestants slamming puppies into a box, so why is it OK to do so to snakes? By marketing this animal abuse your sending a message to many kids in this country that cruelty to animals is valid entertainment.
Please stop this animal abuse!
America's first dog should be pedigreed. "Mutts" are the product of irresponsible breeding, that may occur when a pet owner fails to spay or neuter, or worse, abandons, a pet.
Although puppy mills produce pedigreed dogs, and are also irresponsible, there is one source for a dog, and only one source, that promotes responsibility in breeding - the show-dog kennel.
Show-dog kennels are responsible in not breeding animals for profit. They produce puppies for the purpose of finding the next show animal, then sell the rest of the pups as pets. Show-dog kennels promote spay and neuter by placing restrictive contracts on the puppies they sell, requiring spay and neuter of the pups by a certain age, and only allowing those pups to be bred when they are of good quality, and in cases where the breeder of the pup will also practice responsiblity in breeding.
Show-dog pups are raised in home environments, well-socialized and loved. Their parents have been tested for genetic and communicable diseases. They have been given the best of nutrition and veterinary care during their growing period.
Show-dog kennels are the most responsible source for a well-adjusted pet dog, and should be promoted as such.