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PA Puppy Mill Bill Senate going off course plus Oprah show update TODAY (kz)

Posted by smallspark on September 25, 2008

The Senate today made amendments and is (more or less) nullifying MAJOR parts of the PA HB2525 bill the House passed with flying colors. PLEASE don’t let them.

PLEASE go to and let them know you DO consider this important.

The House got a lot of pressure and knows we care. The Senate hasn’t had as much exposure to people’s opinions. Let’s make them aware their constituents care, and have an opinion, please.

And OPRAH is back on the subject and she is having another puppy mill show on Sept 25th.
Watch the show and understand what the fuss is all about on this issue.

Please pass this on.

Sources: CBS 3
North Penn Puppy Mill Watch
Main Line Animal Rescue


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Help the senate find puppy love Both HB2525 and HB2532 passed the House!

Posted by smallspark on September 19, 2008

It worked! Both HB2525 and HB2532 passed the house in a landslide. (Take notice of that, Art Hershey!) So many congratulations for all those helping our House representatives stay aware of what we want! What do you know, it actually works – especially if people continuously inundate representatives of the House with that message. 🙂

That was only part of the fight – so keep up with the steam and don’t let this bizarre presidential contest deter you from making sure the Senate is equally aware. Please contact your senator today!

Write your letter to the Senate via the ASPCA template form here!

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Animal Cops, Animal Law and Apathy – in Philadelphia

Posted by smallspark on July 19, 2008

I read an article in the Inquire about the show Animal Cops being here in the Philadelphia area.  You can read the article here. It sort of started me off on a train of thought and i’m going to try to sort it out here.

I know I’m new to this particular issue. Fortunately, I didn’t grow up being aware people were cruel to their animals. And as I learn more about this subject, it bothers me more deeply.  Especially as there is a link between cruelty to animals and cruelty to humans. Especially as we know 1000’s of bodies pile up in animal shelters daily while breeders succesfully push for no change in laws due to the “economic strain.” The reality and so obvious fact IS:

    We can’t handle the amount of animals breeders (and nature) are putting out! Forced, continuous breeding lowers demand.

It’s simple economics, even I, an economics dunce, comprehends.

So…the rest of the economy is actually forced to deal with economic realities and comply…why should breeders be any different? An animal is a live being. A breeder decided to put this being inside a cage for the majority of it’s life. Basic quality of care needs to be there. They are trapped and can’t provide for themselves. If you can’t afford it, you’re in the wrong business -especially since there are so many breeders out there.

Best of you – cream of the crop – it’s time for you to rise!
The rest of you who can’t make it, go away and find something you’re more talented at, or something you want to work at. You can hate me for saying it but I just have to say it! Forgive me but, I mean, really the commodity is the result of entirely free sex. Sex makes kiddies. or rather kitties…or puppies…. ( I just blog that? *blush) Free puppies to sell (several times a year) just for taking “care” of the momma and the poppa. If she can’t produce, then – a legally allowed – gun to the head. Cost gone. Have sex or die. Now that’s cold-blooded business. Let’s be hopeful and call it OLD SCHOOL.

I am very lucky. I know very many people who love and respect their pets – in fact, I think that is where much apathy comes from here in PA. To many people who grew up with a family pet it just might not be comprehendable that domesticated animals are treated badly/differently (vs. family pets) in normal livestock facilities, much less BAD livestock facilities, and Breeders aren’t under the same legal rules as an ordinary animal owner.

Everyday people going about their lives don’t know breeding pets are actually considered LIVESTOCK and that livestock animals are under different rules. I’m still not exactly clear on why the difference is allowed to exist. if I treated my animals even close to what many breeders do on a regular basis (shudder) my animal would be taken away, and I would be called a bad person by my neighbors… But in livestock world…nope – normal. I doubt very many people know they somehow get a pass. In my ideal world, people would know better…but idealism falls short of reality. 😦

The reality vs. perception vs. idealistic gap is scaaary huge. And many people don’t want to define cultural norm, they want to adhere to it, to be safe and stay within their “known beliefs.” That’s a very weird, tough fight. However, when people become aware, it’s also really tough not to want to make the world a better place. Thank god. I just hope we’re not too slow. (note: read the The Tipping Point )

How do you figure out how to cross this knowlege gap without being repellent? People don’t even know they don’t know. People don’t seem to want to know or in the case of Puppy Mill HB 2525 law (which was NOT passed) have the expectation this is “so obvious” that of course it will get passed – it’s the right thing to do. And I admit, that mindest fits me too. After the OPRAH show, I thought it was a done deal. And the dogs have to go through another winter like that, if they make it, at best. Thousands of them. What can you do? What will tip common sense back into fashion?

Related links:
HSUS First Strike Campaign
Discovery Channel Animal Cops Philadelphia Website
Discovery Channel Animal Cops BLOG!
Pennsylvania SPCA
Philadelphia Inquirer website

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PA Puppy Mill Law (HB 2525) on the floor- needs Republicans support

Posted by smallspark on July 1, 2008

If you saw the OPRAH show, or the TV show 30 days, seeing the puppy mill mommies lives probably affected you, and not in a good way. But I hope in a way that means taking a small, fairly painless action. A moment to follow your heart, give hope and show respect to life.

All it is is a phone call or an email to your PA state rep. Please help better a puppy mill dogs life.

Right now puppy mill dogs are considered livestock and their lives are beyond miserable.
For more specific info, and to know exactly who to call, please go to the ASPCA website link below.


Short background on PA HB 2525

If you’ve seen the Oprah show on this subject, maybe you understand how important, though minor, this law will improve daily life for those constantly pregnant animals forced to live their ENTIRE life in an open, small, wire-floored cage outside with no vet care. The endless rounds of puppies go to stores while Mama truly, endlessly suffers 24/7 until she can bear no more puppies. Then she is killed.

“Among other essential changes, this bill would double the cage space required for dogs, mandate regular veterinary care, prohibit the stacking of cages, ban wire cage flooring and require that dogs have continuous access to clean water.”

“Passage of HB 2525 is vital if Pennsylvania is to improve conditions for dogs kept in commercial kennels and put an end to the state’s reputation as the “Puppy Mill Capital of the East.”

Please call!
All the Democrats are for it and Only 1 Republican is for it. Basic standard of care and a humane standard of living should not be a party line vote. If you take the responsibility of having animals, then that means also the responsibility of taking care of it. Breeders need to take care of their animals just as you and I are required to.

PLEASE take 10 minutes to email or call your reps.

If your republican rep won’t vote for it b.c a democrat proposed the bill…please clearly and respectfully tell them why they should.

For more info:

Humane Society
PA Puppy Mill Watch
PA Ongoing Animal Legislation List

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PA HB 2525 Puppy Mill Law out of committee. Next Stop – The House!

Posted by smallspark on June 26, 2008

06-25-08 — House Bill 2525 Clears House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee

With a vote down party lines, House Bill 2525 has cleared a major obstacle – the PA House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee with minimal amendments at 7:44PM

I watched part of the discussion in the PA House live feed here: <a href=””>”>Live feed of the House of Representatives and they let out around 3 pm that day. I didn’t realize they were coming back.  I am glad they did!

During the proceedings, it was fairly clear who wanted to move this forward and who wanted to “wait”. I guess I should not be surprised at the division of opinions but I was.  Since HB 2525 passed out of committee there is hope it will get approval in the House.  I imagine the show Oprah did helped – they were aware many people were watching. I certainly was, and that’s no small feat.

However, from what I heard during the proceedings, please be aware FAR more breeders are letting their PA reps know their opinions than the general public and that may put some pressure on them to soften or slow down passing the bill. So please call your reps. Go to the aspca’s website or the humane society’s website. Either of these sites will direct you on what to do. If you’re not in PA both of those links will get you in the area of your state’s animal issues. Find out. You’d be surprised at what is going on out there- I was!

One of the arguments against bills like this is it may put some breeders out of business. I understand no one wants to take away anyone’s livelihood – it’s certainly unpleasant – but isn’t livelihood a separate issue?  It’s not like we have a shortage of animals available.  There are too many! Protecting jobs is one thing, acting responsibly for the well being of the amount of animals people have chosen to have on their property is another.

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