Porky & Buddy’s Pet Health: Pet Politics

Dear Readers,

OK, we don’t care what your politics are. Really, we don’t. But this is important. One of the problems with the federal Animal Welfare Act, is that the USDA’s regulations to implement the Act only provide for registration and inspection of pet breeding facilities that sell wholesale to brokers and pet stores. (Yes, we are talking about puppy mills again.) The regulations do not apply to commercial breeders who sell puppies online and directly to the public. It’s a huge loophole, and efforts to close it have never been successful. But here is our chance.

In late September, the Obama Administration launched an online program named “We the People” on WhiteHouse.gov. It’s a new way for Americans to create and sign petitions calling on the White House to take action on important issues. Any petition that garners 5,000 digital signatures within 30 days of its posting will be reviewed by a standing group of White House officials, who will ensure that it is sent to the appropriate policy experts and who will issue an official response by email to all signatories.

On September 23, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States posted a petition asking that the White House work with the USDA to close this loophole that allows large-scale, commercial breeders who sell puppies online and directly to the public to avoid regulation under the Animal Welfare Act and operate with no oversight or even minimum standards of care.

There are already more than 16,000 signatures and it is the most popular animal welfare petition on the site. But to ensure that the Administration takes this issue seriously, we need more signatures. If you are against puppy mill cruelty, sign the “Crack Down On Puppy Mills” petition today. Here is the web address for the petition. https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions/%21/petition/crack-down-puppy-mills/B9W46NCH?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

Yes it is very long but you can also find a link at the ASPCA.org website. Do you not approve of anything the Obama Administration does and therefore hesitate to engage in this petition process for fear that you might be mistaken for a “liberal?” Get over yourself and sign the petition. It’s about puppies, not politics. Thank you.

And why go to a pet store for a puppy mill pet when you can adopt a spooktacular pet at our “Howl”aween Adoption Party on Tuesday, October 25th, from 5:30 to 8:30 at the Oswego Elks Lodge, 132 West Fifth Street in Oswego. In addition to pet adoptions there will be lots of fun activities. A Pet Halloween costume contest, Dan the Snake Man with his Creatures of the Night, children’s activities, snacks, a cash bar, raffles, and more. The party is free and open to everyone but it would be great if everyone brought a donation of Purina Cat/Kitten Chow and/or clumping kitty litter. And kids need to bring their parents!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Our office is located at 265 West First Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email:[email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org.