If you care, you will not turn away from this. If you care, you will learn what you wish you did not have to. If you care, you will share with everyone you know, that which you have learned and wish you did not have to. If you care, you will do whatever is in your power, to ensure the least possible sales are made by Petland of puppies.
Petland has made it clear that they do not care.
Mary Haight, author of Dancing Dog Blog, founder of Animal Cafe, staff writer of Be the Change for Animals, initiated a petition on change.org. It politely asks Petland USA to follow the example of Petland Canada in ending their sale of pets.
It has been documented that over 95% of the puppies sold in Petland stores are sourced from puppy mills. It has been documented time and again that these puppy mills, some notorious for their most extreme conditions, are wretched factories that treat the dogs worse than you or I could ever imagine.
In a mere month’s time, almost 50,000 people signed Mary’s petition. Fifty Thousand. As online petitions go, that is simply astounding. Mary contacted Petland this week, what they had to say to her is unfathomable.
Granted, we live in an age where corporate greed, arrogance and power seem to rule the day. However, this is a business that deals with live, breathing creatures – not inanimate objects. Yet, you would never know it from their response.
Petland USA’s response was twofold:
1. Defense. Pointing out their stores’ assistance in their communities with finding homes for pets, that they’ve been a “leader in the pet industry” for 45 years, and their “Director of Animal Welfare Education” who allegedly visits USDA-licensed
puppy mills breeders to ensure “certain standards are met”. When questioned about those “certain standards”, however, they pointed to the individual stores as responsible.
2. Offense. The ridiculous argument that certain people just want to rid society of all pets (propaganda promulgated by HumaneWatch; see Humane Watch Info). And besides, the people who took the time to sign this petition – well, they should be spending their time on other animal welfare issues, instead of targeting “responsible pet stores like Petland”.
Petland’s promotional materials gush about pets – you know, all that warm and fuzzy stuff. They work hard to give customers the impression they are a pet-loving business. Let’s face it; it’s all gimmicks, marketing ploys, and smoke-and-mirrors for what they really are…a corporation intent on making a profit off of pet supplies and pets. Petland has made it clear they don’t care about pets. They care about the money they can make off of them.
Kudos to Petland for whatever overpriced crap they can sell people who want to buy stuff for their pets.
Shame on Petland for purchasing from brokers or straight from the mills, not giving a damn what that means for the thousands upon thousands of animals involved.
Shame on them for placing the almighty buck on a pedestal over the backs of suffering dogs.
Shame on them for the lousy, insulting response they offered to the 50,000 people who took time to sign the petition.
We find this abhorrent. Please. Take a moment of your time, offer it to the dogs whose misery is incomprehensible.
Sign the petition, Petland UsA: Stop Selling Pets – Fire Puppy Mills – Petland Canada Has!
Visit Mary’s latest post, Call to Action: Petland USA Says It Will Continue Selling Pets
If you care, you will watch this video. Warning: it contains graphic material. But it is reality. Yes, it is uncomfortable, may make you cry or feel angry. You cannot understand something, though, if you do not learn about it. Knowledge is power. And sharing knowledge can change the wrongs in this world.
Would you support a business like this? Would you purchase from a “breeder” like this? If you buy a puppy from a store like Petland USA, you just might.
Much better to purchase from a good, private breeder, or adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue organization, no?
What will you do?