We're Not Finished Yet,
legislation passed for animal protection is not for the faint of heart. It
takes years of work, planning, and intense grass roots efforts.
laws is only the beginning -- we must then work even harder to see that the new
laws are properly implemented and enforced.
is to see the expansion of Act 90 minimum standards of care to ALL dogs in
Wisconsin -- not just those in the care of licensed dog sellers. We consider it
disgraceful that current humane laws allow some pet and hunting dogs to live in
deplorable conditions that fall far short of those mandated by Act 90 for dogs
in commercial breeding establishments!
In 2009, the Wisconsin State
Legislature unanimously passed Act 90, a law regulating dog breeders and
sellers in our state. Throughout 2010, WPMP was part of the Dog Sellers
Advisory Committee which helped the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade,
and Consumer Protection formulate fair, enforceable Administrative rules.
Since Act 90 (now s.173.41, Wis.
Stats.) went into effect in June 2011, MANY breeders and sellers have been
regulated and have either given up the business OR have come into compliance
under ACT 90. The legislation has made a HUGE difference in the lives of
thousands of dogs in Wisconsin.
But -- sadly, there are still
abuses; there are still dogs needing our help. Some commerical breeders have
found or created "loopholes" to evade regulation; some have even gone
"underground". Some licensed breeders may only "spruce up"
when an inspector is expected. And our recent participation in the campaign
against the use of dogs to track and hunt wolves has heightened our awareness
of the deplorable conditions under which many so-called "hounders"
keep, breed, transport, and hunt their dogs.
With your help, Wisconsin Puppy Mill
Project will be there to continue the fight to close up those loopholes and
ferret out the "underground" breeders, brokers and sellers as well as
to lend our support to other critical animal issues, such as the
use of dogs to hunt wolves in Wisconsin.
We regularly update our website to
bring you current resources to educate, aid, and inspire you to promote solid,
enforceable animal protection regulation. Our mission is to help animals live
free of suffering, abuse and neglect.
How can YOU help? First of all -- If
you are aware of a Wisconsin dog breeder, seller, animal shelter or rescue who
may not be in compliance with Act 90, we encourage you to file a complaint (see
our How To File A Complaintpage for details).
If you need assistance, feel free to contact us!
And please watch our Action Alerts
in red at the top of this page. Together, we can continue to make positive
changes for animals in Wisconsin. They are depending on us!
Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project:
Puppy Mill Project is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit. On 1 December 2009, our
decade-long dream was realized when, with his signature, Governor Doyle turned
AB-250, the Dog Breeders Licensure Bill, into the ground-breaking
Our goal is to offer a valuable educational resouce for:
- those seeking to end the institutionalized form of animal
cruelty known as "puppy mills"
- those looking for ways to fight abuse in their own
- those wishing to add a healthy, loving, animal companion to
Members of our
group started working to alleviate the suffering of mill dogs in 1999 and
officially organized as the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Inc., in 2004. Our
mission is to educate the public about puppy mills, to prevent cruelty to
animals, to foster understanding of responsible pet acquisition and ownership,
and to promote adoption of homeless companion animals.
This website is
dedicated to Mr. Peabody. Pea was bred and born in a Wisconsin puppy mill, and
languished in a filthy cage in a Wisconsin pet store, at the mercy of
neglectful and sometimes abusive sales people. Even though he finally found a
loving home, there was no "happy ending." Pea suffered from poor
breeding, chronic health problems, and emotional scars due to his background,
for all of his six years.
It is because of
Pea that the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project exists. It is because of Pea and dogs
like him that Wisconsin puppy mills will someday CEASE to exist.
It's easy for
people to shake their heads and murmur how terrible all this is, but it doesn't
affect THEM. One of our goals is to show that the problems of pet profiteering
affects EVERYBODY, one way or the other.
We also want to
help people find healthy, loving, lifelong animal companions. We would prefer
that everyone adopt from shelters and rescues, but also want to give you the
information you need to choose a reputable breeder.
And, of course, we
hope to enlist your aid in putting an end to the form of institutionalized
animal cruelty known as "puppy mills."
"...if one person is
unkind to an animal, it is considered to be cruelty, but where a lot of people
are unkind to animals, especially in the name of commerce, the cruelty is
condoned and, once sums of money are at stake, will be defended to the last by
otherwise intelligent people." -- Ruth Harrison
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