If you don’t think there’s big money to be made in the “pet industry,” you are clearly not paying attention. They’re forking out big bucks to change the playing field for breeders, while you are zoned out in front of a drug industry commercial, looking for the strategically placed pure-breed dog.
Here are a few tidbits to wake you up and get you thinking.
Ed Sayres, who resigned this year as president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), was recently hired as President and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. PIJAC is one of the largest pro-puppy mill lobbying groups in the nation.
PIJAC, along with the American Pet Products Association (APPA), are supporting the pet store chain Puppies ‘N Love as they file a lawsuit challenging a Phoenix law banning the sale of puppies obtained from puppy mills. The judge hearing the case is allowing puppies to be sold pending the court hearing.
Blood not boiling hot enough yet? Read on.
Last week the USDA appointed Julian Prager to serve as the Canine Program Advisor to Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. In other words, he’ll be overseeing those who oversee puppy mill breeders. Prager is an outspoken critic of animal welfare. He’s served as an official with both the National Animal Interest Alliance and the American Kennel Club, both of which fight against laws curbing puppy mills. Yes, the fox IS guarding the hen house.
And just this morning I read Dr. Nancy Kay’s latest Speaking for Spot blog post, where I learned that Time magazine recently published a piece promoting the purchase of “designer dogs,” which are dogs that are the result of lots of breeding of two different breeds of dogs.
And folks, this has all happened this year. Heck, it’s all happened within the last few months!
So the next time somebody tells you that it’s all about rescue, and the rules will sort themselves out, kindly tell them to pull their head out of their ass and read this.
It’s a war, people. And we’re losing.