Winnipeg looking to right some wrongs for pets

The City of Winnipeg, Manitoba is considering a ban on the sale of dogs in pet stores to stop the financial support of puppy-mills by local retail outlets. Check out this CTV article. (A special thanks to my friend Helen for sending me this information!)

Winnipeg has quite a few stores that sell animals, including puppies, so this law would go a long way to stopping the range of problems caused by retail sales of puppies and other animals.  Amongst many pet stores, a Petland chain store is also located in Winnipeg.  Petland is notorious for their sale of puppy-mill bred dogs (see: US Humane Society) and their connection with Hunte Corporation.  Furthermore, in 2008, the US Humane Society sued Petland and the Hunte Corporation for racketeering and misleading customers.  A quote from the lawsuit is below:

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Phoenix, alleges that Petland violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers across the country into believing that the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders.  Read more…

In 2008, two former Petland franchisees sued Petland and the Hunte Corporation for their horrific business practices (see:  Animal Law Coalition).

The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Phoenix, alleges that Petland violated the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and numerous state consumer protection laws by misleading thousands of consumers across the country into believing that the puppies sold in Petland stores are healthy and come from high-quality breeders.
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    safari stan said,

    I have been spreading the word on the abuse these poor puppies within the small kennels of Petland face. Inexperienced young staff are not trained enough to care for these poor baby puppies who at that age require attention and exercise. As Petland is a business they are in business to make profit at the expense of the puppies and kittens. Think about the long weekends when the store is closed early. Those babies are in the kennels for extended periods of time. The staff are rewarded for the number of puppies they SELL. They are punished if they don’t sell enough puppies. Their demand for inexpensive puppies and high profit force Petland to search out larger breeding operations to fill their kennels. Because people feel sorry for the puppies in the kennels, they PURCHASE them. When they discover this wasn’t what they expected, the puppies end up at the humane societies. Winnipeg MUST ban the sale of puppies in Pet Stores.


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