Regulate Backyard Breeding

Pledge to Support for the Regulation of Backyard Breeding

Regulate Backyard Breeders

Regulate Backyard Breeding

Pledge to Support for the Regulation of Backyard Breeding

Regulate Backyard Breeding

Backyard breeders typically begin by acquiring puppies from pet stores to crossbreed and sell online. Being inexperienced, their objective is crossbreeding to create a unique, sellable puppy.

Being inexperienced, their objective is crossbreeding to create a unique, sellable puppy.  They breed females too early and sell the puppies too young. Next, they create a website posting photos of cute puppies, in many cases, not the puppies they are selling. Buyers see ads on websites on social media platforms and immediately enquire, sending cash deposits or full price and the puppy is flown directly to you.

Many puppies are delivered in appalling conditions, do not match the advertised description, or never arrive at all. As a result, consumers are left with limited options for seeking resolution.

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Why Regulate Backyard Breeding

Regulating backyard breeding is crucial due to several deeply concerning factors. The backyard breeder is not breeding for the love of a breed, they are breeding for supply and demand in an all-cash industry.

They lack experience therefore they are unable to breed responsibly. This contributes to the propagation of genetic disorders and health issues in dogs. These issues include puppies with overall poor health, cleft palettes, extra limbs, hydrocephaly, blindness and deafness. Ultimately, the irresponsible breeder will abandon these “unsellable” puppies at a shelter or rescue, which is already at maximum capacity.

These inexperienced breeders charge exorbitant prices, sometimes up to $25,000 causing the industry to explode due to the lack of regulations.

The result is buyers discovering that the dog they purchased is not the breed mix, or the advertised puppy is not what arrives. In some cases, the buyer never receives the puppy at all. These breeders disregard communication from buyers and often shut down their websites, only to create new ones.

What are the Conditions like in Puppy Mills?

Puppy mills are commercial breeding facilities that prioritize quantity over the well-being of the animals involved. These operations are primarily focused on producing a large number of puppies for sale through various channels such as pet stores, classified ads, and online platforms. Unfortunately, a significant percentage, approximately 90%, of puppies found in pet stores are sourced from these puppy mills.

In many states, the laws allow these commercial breeding kennels to keep hundreds of dogs in cramped cages for their entire lives. The primary purpose of such confinement is to continuously breed and produce puppies. It is worth noting that similar conditions exist for the breeding of cats in cat mills, which supply pet stores with kittens.

Animals within puppy mills are treated merely as commodities. They are forced to live in squalid and overcrowded cages, lacking proper shelter from extreme weather conditions. Furthermore, they are left with no choice but to sit and sleep in their own waste. Due to inadequate and unsanitary provisions of food and water, animals often suffer from malnutrition or starvation. Unfortunately, sick or dying animals do not receive the necessary veterinary care.

Adult animals are relentlessly bred until they no longer produce puppies, at which point they are either destroyed or discarded. Additionally, kittens and puppies are prematurely separated from their mothers, causing them to experience serious behavioral issues. This practice not only neglects the emotional well-being of the animals involved but also contributes to long-term psychological problems in these young animals.

Overall, the conditions in puppy mills can be described as inhumane, placing profits above the welfare of the animals. The animals are subjected to confined living spaces, unsanitary conditions, lack of proper nutrition and veterinary care, and premature separation from their mothers, leading to a multitude of physical and behavioral problems.

How Can You Support Laws that Protect Animals from Puppy Mill Cruelty?

To actively support laws aimed at protecting animals from puppy mill cruelty, there are several effective steps you can take:

  1. Raise awareness: Educate yourself and others about the grim realities of puppy mills and their impact on animal welfare. Share information through social media, community events, or by starting conversations with friends and family.
  2. Contact elected officials: Reach out to your local, state, and national representatives to voice your support for legislation that addresses puppy mill cruelty. Specifically, emphasize the importance of laws that limit the number of animals an individual can own and breed while establishing clear care standards regarding exercise, housing conditions, access to food and water, and mandatory veterinary care.
  3. Join or support animal welfare organizations: Get involved with local or national animal welfare organizations that actively campaign for legislation addressing puppy mills. Volunteer your time, donate funds, participate in lobbying efforts, or support their advocacy initiatives.
  4. Attend public hearings or meetings: Stay informed about upcoming public hearings or meetings focusing on animal welfare and puppy mill legislation. Attend these events and express your stance on the issue. Hearing personal stories and experiences from concerned citizens can significantly impact decision-makers.
  5. Promote responsible pet adoption: Encourage others to adopt pets from reputable animal shelters or rescue organizations instead of purchasing from pet stores or online sources. This helps combat the demand for puppies from puppy mills and reduces the profit incentive for such establishments.

Stay updated and engaged: Keep track of ongoing legislative efforts related to animal welfare and puppy mill regulation. Stay engaged by signing petitions or participating in campaigns supporting stronger laws against puppy mill cruelty.

Support local ordinances: Work with your community to propose and advocate for local ordinances that promote responsible breeding practices, regulate pet sales, or provide additional protections for animals in your area.

By taking these steps, you can actively support the implementation of laws that protect animals from the cruelty of puppy mills and contribute to the overall improvement of animal welfare standards in your community and beyond.

The Solution to Regulate Backyard Breeding

Yes, there is a solution!

By creating a framework of breeding guidelines, operating requirements, permit and registration fees, taxation, and accountability, tightening the laws will reduce individuals looking to free-form easy money. for website advertising and the shipping of puppies to buyers.

Enforcement of these regulations, standards and practices will deter some who want to enter this “all cash”, “no accountability” business.

Regulating the breeding and sales industry will enable proper tax collection in what is currently an all-cash, untracked sector. This will not only ensure that breeders contribute their fair share to society but also bring much-needed transparency to an industry that has operated in the shadows for far too long.

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