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

Hillary Culver
  • 6 hours ago
Puppy mills are an abomination
  • 9 hours ago
Kaye Blevins
  • 2 days ago
Many dogs from the "puppy mills" wind up in shelters or worse yet, being euthanized. They do not deserve being "put down". The lucky ones will be purchased by someone or adopted by someone that is responsible. Any one can purchase a dog from a breeding operation but those of us that choose to rescue a dog from a pound or shelter most go through a long process of vetting. Which, by the way, I agree with. Many of the puppy mills just bread the dogs with no respect to the health of the parents and what problems they are passing on to the "next generation". I realize some breeders are responsible but there are so, so many that are not. A law needs to be passed and breeders need to be accountable and monitored; including the condition of the place, dogs, what is being fed to the animals, and how often a female is allowed to breed etc.
Connor Gallaher
  • 2 days ago
Roger Monk
  • 3 days ago
Sneha Amaresh
  • 3 days ago
Charles Hillyard
  • 3 days ago
I love dogs.
Sara Leilani Scollan
  • 3 days ago
I love dogs. They have souls. They need to be respected and loved!!
Adalib Nunez
  • 4 days ago
When human beings are cruel to animals we hurt ourselves as much as them.
Kali Moore
  • 4 days ago