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Canadian Celebrities pitch in to end puppy mills in new PSA
September 5, 2013 (Ottawa, Ontario) – Canadians working to end puppy mills now have a new tool in their toolkit – a Public Service Announcement (PSA) starring musicians Tara Oram and Mark Spicoluk, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) CEO Barbara Cartwright and directed by actor Jonathan Keltz. The PSA can be seen on YouTube and also on FindingFido.ca a website created by the CFHS as part of its program to help Canadian families learn how to find a dog for their family and to avoid the traps set by puppy mills.
“Earlier this week 84 dogs were seized from a puppy mill in Quebec. Ironically, this seizure occurred almost two years to the day since more than 500 dogs were seized from the Paws R Us operation, also in Quebec,” says Barbara Cartwright. “Right now there are likely hundreds of dogs suffering in deplorable conditions across the country.”
The term puppy mill generally refers to a high-volume, sub-standard dog breeding operation, which sells purebred or mixed breed dogs, directly or indirectly, to unsuspecting buyers. Some of the characteristics common to puppy mills include, sub-standard health and animal care as well as sub-standard breeding practices which lead to genetic defects or hereditary disorders which can lead to exceptionally poor health for the animals and exorbitant veterinarian bills for the owners.
“The recent news about another puppy mill seizure in Quebec shows that our battle is just beginning but we will continue to fight and we will save these dog’s lives,” says Jonathan Keltz, who directed the PSA.
“Buying a dog can be as easy as the click of a button. Every day our member societies see dogs admitted to their shelters by people who bought a puppy without really thinking it through,” says Ms. Cartwright. “People buy dogs on impulse, and can be easily duped by puppy mill operators. If everyone chose the adoption option puppy mills would cease to exist.”
There are many unethical breeders selling puppies with serious health and behavioural problems stemming from poor breeding practices. Many are very good at presenting themselves as reputable, caring breeders in the digital environment.
About the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies is the national voice of humane societies and SPCAs. Since 1957, it has worked on behalf of its member societies to educate Canadians about animal welfare and advocate for the humane treatment of animals in communities, on the farm, in the lab and in the wild www.cfhs.ca. Visitors to FindingFido.ca can view the PSA and will find essential tools for deciding if, how, and where to get a dog, such as a quiz to see if they’re really ready to own a dog.
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Kim Elmslie, Communications and Advocacy Manager, 613-224-8072 ex. 12 firstname.lastname@example.org