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

Megan O’Driscoll
  • 7 hours ago
Michelle Angelini
  • 10 hours ago
Puppy mills MUST BE SHUT DOWN! They are extremely cruel to dogs where they are not being given enough space to move and the puppies that come from these mills are always sick and die soon. MISERABLE TRAGIC, CRUEL, AND BARBARIC!
Connor Brown
  • 17 hours ago
sarah goulet
  • 3 days ago
Emily Saporetti
  • 4 days ago
Sandra Colacurti
  • 5 days ago
Barbara Dryer
  • 6 days ago
All dogs need a loving home but so many are in need of rescuing it's so important that rescue comes first. I have a rescue that is Aussie and great pyrenees but I did not know that he was bred for this mix. I love him as you will all rescues so please rescue before buying.
Jenna Olchowy
  • 6 days ago
Each dog’s life is as important as ours.
Riley Cutter
  • 6 days ago
Why this is important to me is cause all the little puppers need their space
cheryle spaulding
  • 7 days ago
I love dogs and want them to have the best chance of having a successful happy healthy life