Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blog the Change for Animals- Where does your state rank on Puppy Mills?

Puppy Mills are cruel, horrible, substandard breeding factories. I keep hoping the day will come when they exist no more. There are many people and organizations working to help put them to an end. Will they succeed? I don't know. I hope so.

Recently I researched laws regarding puppy mills, and was surprised to learn that the laws vary greatly state to state.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, 26 states require basic humane standards for dogs at puppy mills. That means that 24 states don't even go that far! 26 states require licensing of puppy mills. But only 16 states require inspections.

Only 4 state limit the number of breeding dogs confined at large-scale puppy mill operations. Those states are Louisiana, Oregon, Virginia and Washington.

19 states have no provisions whatsoever for puppy mills.

Top-ranking states are California, New Jersey,  New York, Colorado, Maine and Vermont.
Low-ranking states are North and South Dakota, Idaho, Ohio, and Mississippi

To find out where your state falls, click on A-MI  or MO-W
If you'd like to ask your state to consider tougher legislation regarding puppy mills, email your state governor or local state representative.
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  1. Good post.

  2. Citizens in Missouri voted in favor of Prop B, which DID limit how many breeding dogs were at any facility and put humane minimum standards in place. Despite the fact that Prop B PASSED, there were legislators who were quick to fight for those lining their pockets and have done everything they could to dilute and outright circumvent Prop B. The majority was in favor, but the farmers and puppy millers made the final decision.

  3. We knew Ohio was a low-ranking embarrassing! Parental Unit is participating in humane lobby day next week, so maybe that will eventually help. Thanks so much for doing this post!

  4. I saw these state rankings recently too. Being in a state that is supposedly tougher on puppy mills, the real problem is enforcing the laws. And they are not enforced. At all. Something on the books is better than nothing but if no tax dollars are available for inspections and enforcement then dogs continue to suffer and die.

  5. It's mind boggling that 19 have no provisions! I'm thankful we live in one of the top-ranking states...hopefully one day, all states will join together in abolishing puppy mills forever. Great post!

  6. We have some good animal protection laws but upon reading the list I can see we have a lot farther to go. Thanks for sharing this.

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