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Study: Pet Owners Prefer Tougher Breeder Standards Over Pet-Sale Bans

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Dog and cat owners think the best way to crack down on illegal puppy mills is to enact and enforce tougher breeder standards, according to a recent study.

The Pet Leadership Council, a coalition of pet industry leaders championing responsible pet ownership, commissioned Harris Poll to conduct an online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older to determine Americans views on puppy mill regulations.

It showed that 67 percent of the respondents favored tougher breeder standards, compared to 33 percent who supported banning the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores.

“We all want to see puppy mills eliminated today,” said Bob Vetere, CEO of the American Pet Products Association, one of the founding members of the PLC. “But America’s pet lovers have made it clear that banning the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores is not the best way to do it. What this poll tells us is that pet owners want tougher breeder standards so that they can be confident that dogs and cats are raised humanely and in the best interests of the animal.”

The Pet Leadership Council  is lending its support to efforts to enact tougher breeder standards with more rigorous enforcement. At the same time, the PLC is taking a lead role in a lawsuit that challenges a pet-store ban in Phoenix.

According to the poll, 89 percent of U.S. adults say the solution to puppy mills is to have tougher breeder standards that crack down on illegal operator, while 81 percent of  U.S. adults say banning dog sales entirely at pet stores will not stop puppy mills from continuing

In addition, 92 percent of U.S. adults report follow-up visits to breeders are needed to ensure regulations are being followed to avoid puppy mills, according to the poll.

“Puppy mills are an unacceptable problem,” said Ken Oh, chairman of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council and PLC member. “But pet-store bans like the one in Phoenix and more than 50 other communities across the country should be an unacceptable solution.”

3 Responses to “Study: Pet Owners Prefer Tougher Breeder Standards Over Pet-Sale Bans”

  1. Mort Brown

    Jul 30. 2014

    Clearly the elimination of Puppy Mills through regulation is a giant step forward, but it is only the first step, as a corollary to stronger Regs: the States’ need the resources in place to enforce the regulations:
    The regulations should be drafted with input from all interested and responsible parties, Breeders, responsible leaders in the companion pet industry, Animal rights advocates, the State enforcement agencies that will be responsible to administer the new regs.

    Mort Brown
    former Board Member: PIJAC, Pet Shop Advisory Com. State of Ct. consultant to PIDA. Pet Store Owner (35yrs) and consultant
    772-696 0914

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  2. Paula Robinson

    Aug 01. 2014

    I do not know any legitimate breeders who would sell dogs to a pet store because they want to screen the prospective purchaser themselves. With that in mind only a puppy mill or kitten mill would sell their animals to a pet store. I take great care to educate consumers on what to look for in a breeder and what to avoid. I will also recommend certain breeders but only after they have been fully vetted as responsible and ethical.

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  3. Shannon Giust

    Aug 13. 2014

    Responsible breeders do not sell to pet shops.
    Code of Practice for CKC Member Breeders: (Canada)
    “No breeder shall sell or donate dogs for the purpose of their being auctioned, raffled or to pet stores.”
    “Potential purchasers of dogs shall be reasonably screened for their suitability and capability to own and meet the needs of the particular breed.The concept of a dog being a lifetime commitment should always be reinforced with the purchaser.”
    “Dogs must never be sold on a “with or without papers” basis. As noted in Section III. (b) above, all dogs must be registered with CKC.”

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