A lot of people feel somewhat helpless to stop puppy mills I discovered after reading Oprah's message boards. I know I did. After doing rescue, despite being happy about the few dogs I helped, I couldn't help but think about the millions still left...it seems a drop in the bucket, and I am sure many people in rescue fight that same feeling. So then I had an idea-if education is the key to stopping the mills, what more can WE do to educate people? THIS is what! If EACH of you, takes out ONE ad in your local paper, placed in the PETS FOR SALE section, that reads something like this:
If you buy a puppy from a pet store or from one of the ads listed in this section there is a very good chance you are supporting a puppy mill. Puppy mills abuse the adults that produce your cute puppies! If you love dogs, please do your research BEFORE you buy! Please visit www.prisonersofgreed.org Thank you!
It is a simple message, but it could be very effective. If anything, sure is going to cheese off all of those millers that advertise every Sunday in MY paper. I picked out at least 5 in todays paper that were OBVIOUS millers-they even listed their websites, which I visited. One of them sold 22 different breeds of dogs, mostly designer mutts. I am placing my ad in next Sunday's paper...might cost $25 or so, but it would be well worth it. I hope some of you will do the same. If you think this is a good idea, please bump the topic so others can read it.
Even before watching Oprah on Friday I felt helpless on what I could do to help stop puppy mills. I knew I wanted to do something, but didn't know what.
I think one of the thing I'm going to start with is add a custom signature to all of my outgoing emails that says something like this, "Stop Puppymills. Do not buy from petstores".
I would definitely appreciate more ideas. I feel so passionate about this cause. I look at Mason everyday and think about how much we love him and take such good care of him and I wish that all dogs could have the same type of life that he does.
I have promised myself one thing. If we ever decide to get another dog we will rescue, not buy a puppy from a breeder.
I really like your idea! I wonder, though, how willing the papers will be to jeopardize their business. Can they legally refuse an ad? My local paper usually contains 2 or 3 ads for free mixed breeds, but there are 2 free classified papers with several. Amarillo in particular is pretty bad. Lots of sales at the flea market and various parking lots. I too am eager to hear everyone's ideas.
Well, I suppose it will depend on the paper, but I don't think they can, since it isn't libelous-after all, you aren't naming names. After I thought of this, I went back to the P.O.G. website, and, lol...this is one of THEIR suggestions-they even have pre-designed ads with pictures you can place. So I think it is probably a viable idea. I also like the idea above about adding a message to outgoing emails, going to do that myself now too!
It wouldnt take long for the papers to refuse posting the ads, more than likley the people selling puppies would boycott that particulat newspaper. There are usually more dog ads than any other category in some papers and that would hurt them in the pocket book. A better ad campaign would be an ad educating people on how to buy or adopt a dog from a reputable source. The part of your ad does state that if you buy a dog from this section, meaning this paper you are supporting mills, that is in a way is holding the news paper responsible and they would have every right to refuse it. And probably not all people posting an ad is a puppymill, some of them probably are but lets not lump all newspaper ads for puppies into one group, I know of reputable show and health testing breeders that occasionally use a news paper so I guess since they use a news paper, they must be a puppymill. It is also libelous because while you are not naming names you are indicating that everyone with a dog and a phone number in that issue is a puppymill and not to buy from them. Its not always as simple as it seems. If it were that easy, it would be far more common than it is already to see ads like that.
it doesnt state that EVERYONE in the listings is a mill, it says that there is a GOOD CHANCE they are a mill. I know our local paper includes an ad every week in their "free" section advising people that if they advertise their pets there, they may very well end up in a lab or a mill. I honestly dont know how well it would go over...but I am willing to bet most papers would run it the first time at least...and even that would be significant.
I went to that site and I looked at the examples that it shows about the teeth and matted fur.I have a question what makes a dogs teeth rott out like that? omg his whole mouth was rotten. I have never seen rotten teeth on a dog.(in real life) My fiance brushes all the dogs teeth is it because they dont get their teeth brushed?
Moenitz, I think it's a great idea as long as it's worded carefully, as you did, in your example, so as not to insult the bona fide breeders. Complacency is half the reason why things never change; so I say good for you, and maybe you'll get more feedback with other ways to shut the mills down. Good luck.
I like that idea, we have several pet stores that advertise in the paper. I dont know if they will print it, but I am going to try. I would love to get a protest started in front of there stores. I was also thinking about printing flyer, and putting them on peoples windshields the those shopping centers. I can only do my best.
imunique-the rotten teeth is usually a result of the crap they feed them. They buy the stuff in bulk, and it is total garbage, no nutrients. Decent food would cut into their profits. Combine that with maintaining a nearly constant state of pregnancy, and the poor body is sucking nutrients from anywhere it can spare them, just to stay alive-hair and teeth are the first to suffer. We rescued some mill dogs a few months back, and even the ones as young as two had rotten, abcessed teeth-some had to be pulled. It is so sad, and just infuriates me. Somethign I DIDNT know until I visited the POG site, is how they "de-bark" them-imagine having a pipe rammed down their throats! Just makes me sick to think about it.
Those of you who are on board with this, I look forward to hearing how it goes with your papers-I am planning on doing the Sunday issue here. Worse they can do is say no, at least I will have tried.
illusionminis-I like your idea about the flyers. The POG website has some pretty good images for ads that would make eye catching flyers. We dont have many pet stores here-ironically being in mill-central, we just ship them to Chicago and out East. Farming communities are too frugal to pay pet store prices-but the paper is a big thing here for mills to use. In places where there are pet stores in malls and such though, I think the flyers might be really effective. Are there any laws regarding sticking them on cars though? Might want to make sure before you do it, just in case.
Been thinking of a better way to word it that might not be so contentious. Maybe something like:
Ignorance= puppy mills= MISERY. Before buying a puppy from a newspaper ad, please be certain you are dealing with a responsible breeder. NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store or a breeder that supplies to them! Please visit www.prisonersofgreed.org to learn why.
Good breeders shouldnt be bothered by this, as it would encourage people to actually seek them out. Millers might be unhappy, but what can they really say..."Don't tell people they shouldn't support our industry!" ?