October 19, 2012
When Missouri voted to pass proposition B to improve the conditions for dogs in puppy mills, the lobbyists went to work. Within weeks, the state Legislature in Missouri voted to overrule the vote. The proposition simply stated, “…adopting new rules for dog-breeders, including capping the number of dogs that were used for breeding purposes, requiring resting periods between breeding and establishing other requirements.” The measure required that dog-breeders only have 50 breeding dogs and required them to feed those animals daily and regularly.
August 28, 2012
On Oct.16, the Burbank City Council has the opportunity to express compassion for animals while still supporting local businesses. It is poised to vote into law a proposed ordinance to ban the sale of dogs in pet stores. This show of leadership will echo in the halls of other council chambers throughout the country. It is time the city of Burbank joins other forerunners in adopting the new business model that does not discourage profit for pet stores, but at the same time, no longer turns a blind eye to what is really being supported in the name of business as usual.
January 22, 2013
A paradigm shift has occurred, offering an alternative to a former way of doing business. Many current retailers in the pet industry are embracing the opportunity to help animals in need by working with rescue groups, shelters or holding adoption events at their store rather than selling pets from high-volume breeders (aka puppy mills). Small business owners are opening pet boutiques that offer adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits, etc., while offering great services. As more people are aware of the connection between puppy mills and pet stores, it seems irresponsible for consumers and retailers to support a cruel and inhumane breeding industry when so many healthy, adoptable pets die at local shelters for no reason other than space.
July 24, 2012
Momentum is expected to build at a pet adoption event this weekend in support of a proposed ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in Burbank. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot behind Handy Market, 2514 W. Magnolia Blvd., where organizers will gather signatures in support of an ordinance that's slated to go before the Burbank City Council on Aug. 28 that, if approved, would prohibit the sale of animals that come from puppy mills and other retail sources.
October 24, 2012
The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance Wednesday that would ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits unless the animals came from nonprofit rescue organizations or city animal shelters. The law is designed to target puppy mills, long the bane of animal rights groups, and to cut down on the tens of thousands of animals euthanized each year in city shelters. First-time violators would face misdemeanor charges and a possible penalty of $250. Other cities, including Irvine, Hermosa Beach and Austin, Texas, have passed similar measures in recent years.
October 18, 2012
Burbank moved one step closer to banning retail pet sales this week, following in the footsteps of Glendale, West Hollywood and other cities that have taken similar hard lines against puppy and kitten mills. After City Council members on Tuesday voted 3-2 to draft an ordinance banning retail pet sales, they voted unanimously to impose stricter regulations on commercial animal breeders. The moves could essentially prevent them from selling to retail stores in Burbank. Animal welfare groups contend that animals from puppy and kitten mills or large-scale breeding operations suffer in unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, often are inbred and often end up ill. The Burbank ordinance, which must come back to the council for final approval, would ban retail pet sales unless the animal is obtained from a registered nonprofit animal rescue, adoption or shelter.
July 25, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Wednesday, July 25. Medical marijuana dispensaries are now banned in the city of Los Angeles, the City Council decided Tuesday. All 762 registered shops will be shut down. But some may be allowed to stay open . L.A. Times One pot shop owner in North Hollywood isn't taking the ban seriously , saying "It's just a bunch of hoopla, and next week it'll be something different. " An owner of a Toluca Lake dispensary calls the ban a "good idea," but he operates a location that may be exempt from the law. NoHo Patch One group against puppy mills is organizing an event this weekend in Burbank to push officials to ban the sale of animals from retail shops.
November 13, 2012
Why should an animal cruelty act (produce puppies from puppy mills) be grandfathered to anyone? This sends the wrong message to the public that it is OK for “preferred” store owners to be cruel to animals. I always thought Burbank City Council was one of the municipalities with integrity and high standards. To pass this grandfathering act to these two “special interest” stores shows how wrong I was. Please do not allow this to happen. Mahatma Gandhi once said “One can measure the greatness and moral progress of a nation by looking at how it treats its animals.” Are special interests crowding the judgment of Burbank City Council members?
February 8, 2013
The City Council did the right thing in voting to ban puppy mills in Burbank. It's not about being politically correct but about being humane and protecting the lives and well-being of innocent creatures. I understand the possible difficulties in adopting from shelters, but there are plenty of great organizations like the MuttShack Animal Rescue, which sponsors rescues of beautiful, loving animals at Petco almost every week. The minimal fees involved cover vaccinations and other medical checks the pets have already had, so they come to you healthy, loving and grateful.
July 18, 2012
Puppy mill prisons came into existence soon after World War I when farmers had lost most of their crops to drought. The farmers simply used their chicken coops and rabbit hutches for the dogs. Today, puppy mills are overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture. Female breeding stock are bred every cycle from as young as 4 months. They are bred so much that their bones break and their teeth fall out. The parents live in small cramped cages, walking on wire floors that cut into their paws so their feces can drop underneath.