Stop Puppy Mills

PETITION: To amend the Animal Welfare Act to claim that all dogs must be given 20 ft. of space above and below their dimensions, measured from the tip of their nose to the base of their tail, that is not obstructed

TARGET: US Congress

The Humane Society of the United States has found that a puppy mill contains rooms stuffed with stacks of dog cages. They are overpopulated with too many dogs to fit comfortably in each cage. The floors of the cages have wire floors that damage the dog's paws and allow urine and feces to rain down from one cage onto the heads of the dogs in the cages below. Many dogs suffer from diseases, injuries, and insect infestations that are never properly treated. The female dogs are bred every time they are in heat, until they can no longer produce puppies and are then killed.

Meanwhile, shelters are forced to euthanize 3 million puppies each year because there is an overpopulation. We can no longer accept this animal cruelty that is being excused so that puppy mill owners can reap high profits. Please sign and share this petition to stop the cruelty of puppy mills by forcing dog owners to give each dog at least 20 feet of space beyond their width and length.

We the undersigned are writing to ask you to amend pg. 65, Section 3.6, C, 1, i & iii of the Animal Welfare Act to state that dogs must be given 20 feet of space beyond their height and length. Enclosing dogs in small spaces leads to socialization problems with other dogs and humans, the spreading of illness and disease, a lack of healthy exercise, and often death. We believe that an adequate amount of space is necessary for the appropriate and healthy care of a dog. We would like to see this requirement changed and enforced.


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Recent Supporters

Jane Woods
  • 1 day ago
No animal should be treated this way. They deserve to be treated kindly and properly. It sickens and saddens me too think of them suffering.
  • 2 days ago
Katherine Carlson
  • 6 days ago
Dogs need to be treated with respect and kindness, this means they need to be able move, play and rest when they want to. So many dogs/puppies are also put to sleep every year because there are not enough homes for them. Puppies are wonderful but we don't need more of them.
Karen Hecht- Wagner
  • 6 days ago
I’m an animal rights advocate
Daniela Rose
  • 6 days ago
Christine Damm
  • 7 days ago
Jenny Caldera
  • 7 days ago
Paula Wilburn
  • 1 week ago
Michelle Joshua
  • 1 week ago
There are enough good dogs in shelters that need homes.People do not need to be making money of off poor innocent animals and they are never well cared for from puppy mills!
Heather Houston-Meeks
  • 1 week ago
How these despicable places are still in operation is beyond me. It is past time for the USDA to protect ALL animals from puppy mills. Think of how many thousands of animals could be protected every year if the USDA finally recognizes that their guidelines result in a tremendous amount of preventable pain for thousands of animals. Further, animal rescue groups could finally focus on rescuing shelter animals instead of taking in animals from puppy mills that should no longer exist! Mandating cruelty free conditions and clear, much more humane guidelines are way past due. Set down guidelines that prevent puppy mills now.