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Pet Store Puppies a Poor Purchase


Keep cruelty off your gift list this year: that's the message that the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) would like everyone to take to heart this holiday shopping season.

Every animal lover should now be aware of the terrible conditions dogs endure at puppy mills. According to the HSUS , buying puppies from pet stores or over the Internet supports puppy mills, so people seeking a new pet should stay away from those sources.

"When consumers stop ‘demanding' the ‘product' the puppies at pet stores and online, these mills will go out of business," says Stephanie Shain, director of The HSUS' Stop Puppy Mills campaign.

Sadly, many soft-hearted buyers will be drawn into "rescuing" a woebegone puppy from a store or will be deceived by retailers who promise their puppies don't come from mills. The truth, says Shain, is that, no matter how good the intention, buying a puppy from a pet store simply makes room for another pup to be produced at the mill, while stores that say they don't sell dogs from mills are probably lying.

To make the public aware of these and other issues, the HSUS has declared November 16 to 22 as Puppy Mill Action Week. For more information, including six simple things you can do to fight puppy mills, visit

-Marian Buechert


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