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Help the Humane Society stop the cycle of cruelty of puppy mills that contributes to pet overpopulation and the suffering of countless dogs.

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Puppy mills are Bad

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More than 1300 Greyhounds injured (10.25.11) 

This morning, GREY2K USA released a report on greyhound injuries at Gulf Greyhound Park in Texas. More than 1,300 greyhound injuries have been reported at this track since 2008, and 49 greyhounds have died.

Gulf is the last remaining dog racing facility in the Lone Star state, and two other greyhound tracks recently closed for live racing.

The Houston Chronicle covered our report this morning in a front page story, and also documented the decline of greyhound racing in Texas. This is good news, but we must keep working until greyhound racing ends for good.

Today we are also releasing new video footage of three fatal injuries that occurred recently at Gulf. This includes the final race of a two-year-old brindle greyhound named Slint, who died in July 2010 after she was injured at Gulf and suffered paralysis in both of her hind legs.

Even though it is difficult to think of the dogs like Slint who have suffered and died, we have an obligation to tell their story. Please watch our video footage today, and then forward this e-mail to everyone you know.

With your help, I know we can end the cruelty of greyhound racing.
SOURCE:  Grey2K USA   Protection Greyhounds Nationwide


Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a national, nonprofit animal protection organization, invites you to participate in a national campaign aimed at raising public awareness of a threatening epidemic - pet theft. Nearly two million companion animals are stolen each year. Some are taken under false pretense through "free to a good home" ads, abducted from their yards, or are taken from humane shelters through a practice called pound seizure. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog-fighting rings, or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.

On February 14th of every year, LCA educates the public with the help of animal organizations throughout the United States. Your participation can make all the difference. By working together, we can educate the public about the problem of pet theft, memorialize the nearly 2 million animals taken each year, and educate citizens on how they can protect their companion animals. Join our nationwide network of organizations and individuals in this important crusade.

This year, Pet Theft Awareness Day was Thursday, February 14th, 2008. Stay tuned for more information on Pet Theft Awareness Day coming, Febuary 14th 2009.

Source:  Last Chane for Animals


Watch the HSUS undercover dog auction video - then take action


If you have a problem in faxing your letter to the Chinese government, a member of the Anti-Fur Society group has again volunteered to do it for you, please send your letter by email to Lesley at this email address:   ssdalrescue@   and she will be happy to do it for you
PS:  As hard as it is to be polite under these circumstances, please send a polite and constructive message.
www.antifursociety. org
PLEASE, send petition/letters to the follow fax number: +0086-23-4023 1484.
It's an automatic fax number of the Changshou District Government's office.

Click here for sample letter

Don't Be Fooled By Pet Store Claims
Sunday, November 28, 2004
By Joan Lowell Smith
For the Star-Ledger

Don't be fooled by an "AKC" label on puppies in a pet store. A potential customer thinking that's like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval would be mistaken. The American Kennel Club does not condone puppy mills that sell to pet stores around the nation.

Primarily located in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Pennsylvania, assembly-line puppy mills focus on the bottom line, not on producing healthy pets. Tiers of small cages are stacked on each other and in many cases left out in the elements. If you're lucky, you might find a rare healthy specimen at a pet store, but the odds are definitely against it. Why gamble?

Gail Miller, speaking for the AKC, explains their position: "The AKC endorses breeding of dogs by responsible breeders. ... We oppose random, large-scale breeding solely for commercial purposes. We believe all breeders bear a responsibility to assure that people who purchase their dogs are capable of carrying out their responsibilities as owners. The AKC supports scrupulous enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act and state and local regulations governing the humane care of animals. We recommend and support programs that teach the public to purchase puppies from responsible breeders and to avoid impulse buying of dogs."

Buyer Beware

Libby Williams of Lebanon, founder of New Jersey Consumers Against Pet Shop Abuse (e-mail:, warns that some pet stores in New Jersey claim puppies are registered with the American Canine Association or another pseudo-registry that essentially "means nothing." "Pet store employees will insist their puppies come from 'good' or 'local' breeders. They perform cartwheels in an effort to distance themselves from puppy mills."

In the January-February 2004 issue of New Jersey Pet magazine, Williams addressed the genetic impact of irresponsible breeding practices in which females in confined cages are bred every cycle: "Puppies manifest attention deficit disorder symptoms. They're jumpy and often aggressive. They can't calm down. What buyers don't realize is that this puppy they've fallen in love with may harbor a contagious disease in addition to genetic problems that won't appear for many months, even years. By then the pup has become a part of the family and hearts and bank accounts are broken."

Uninformed consumers

"Pet stores sell indiscriminately," says Pete Campione of Howell, another crusader against pet stores abuses. "They do no counseling on what breed to select. They rely on impulse buyers who spend more time picking out a pair of shoes at the mall than selecting a puppy." The owner of Kindred Souls Canine Center in Howell for 15 years, Campione, a certified trainer, has also shown purebreds. "There's no such thing as a pet store selling a puppy from a good breeder. All good breeders belong to breed clubs, there for the betterment of the standards. Inherent in their bylaws is that they never broker a dog. They deal directly with the buyer."

Campione told of an 80-year-old woman who brought her Neapolitan mastiff to him for training. She had purchased the pup from a Monmouth County pet store that never told her anything about the breed, nor had she done any homework. "Pet stores count on uninformed consumers," states Campione.

Campione can spot a pet store dog instantly. "You have a dysfunctional background on top of dysfunctional parents -- a double whammy. They're so off the breed standard it's an abomination, and people don't even realize pet store puppies generally cost more than those from a reputable breeder."

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council reports that 3,500 to 3,700 of the 12,000 pet stores in the nation sell cats and dogs. In those, 300,000 to 400,000 puppies are sold each year. The Humane Society of the United States says the number is closer to half a million.

Humane view

The HSUS says on its Web site ( ): "Documented problems of puppy mills include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor quality of food and shelter, lack of socialization with humans, overcrowded cages and the killing of unwanted animals. The unwitting consumer faces an array of immediate veterinary problems or genetically borne diseases that do not appear until years later."

Speaking for the HSUS regional office in Flanders, Samantha Mullen said, "In an ideal world, the breeding of puppies would be restricted to responsible professionals. ... In the real world, however, the breeding of dogs by virtually anyone is subject to little regulation apart from the minimal provisions of the Animal Welfare Act that pertain to breeding and sale of puppies to pet shops. Much stronger measures, along with adequate enforcement of (existing) laws, are clearly needed in order to address the rampant problems associated with puppy mills."

Clifford P. Sporn, of Burlington, president of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, expressed his views: "Whenever the health of an animal is unnecessarily compromised, it is upsetting to veterinarians and we want to see that situation corrected. ... If breeders and sellers are compelled to use best management practices, there is no reason why they couldn't produce quality, healthy dogs. Pressure needs to be put on those aspects of the business that produce and sell sick animals. Stricter enforcement of New Jersey's sale of pets is one immediately available remedy."

Consumer complaints

New Jersey's "lemon law," passed in 2000, guarantees that the owner of a sickly dog purchased from a pet store will receive up to double his money back from the store to cover veterinary bills. The dog may be returned within one year. Williams told of a woman who paid $1,500 for a Labradoodle at a Somerset County pet store. The pup landed in the ICU at the University of Pennsylvania for eight days with pneumonia. Vet bills exceeded $6,000. The family was reimbursed $3,000 in accordance with the law. They're stuck with the rest.

To report pet store abuses to your county consumer affairs office, go online at

"Puppy mills will cease to exist when people stop buying from pet stores or directly from puppy mills," says Williams, who acknowledges, "That simple solution is a long way off."

Source: New Jersey Consumers Against Pet Shop Abuse (NJCAPSA)

Microsoft Promotes Cruel Iditarod Dog Sled Race

Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, and other companies are sponsors of the 2001 Iditarod dog sled race. Many Iditarod dogs have gastric ulcers and some have died from this condition. Ulcers predispose the dogs to vomiting. Normally, the trachea closes the airway so that foreign material does not enter the lungs. But because these dogs run at such high speeds for such a long period of time, they cannot stop gasping for air despite the vomiting. Consequently, dogs inhale the vomit into their lungs, which causes suffocation and death.

According to Michael Matz, a highly regarded expert in gastrointestinal disorders in small animals, the use of no steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is the most common cause of gastrointestinal ulceration in small animals (Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy XII- Small Animal Practice). These drugs reduce swelling, inflammation, relieve pain and fever, which allows the dogs to run farther and faster. Unfortunately, some dogs pay with their lives for the use of these drugs.

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