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On May 30, 2014, 45,083 signatures were mailed to Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack in support of the wire cage ban. While we wait for a response, please share this petition with others and spread awareness!
Final signature count: 53,546
Sponsored by: The Animal Rescue Site

By now, most of us are aware of the cruelty and pain many dogs experience when they are raised by commercial breeders. Perhaps one of the most harmful aspects puppy mill dogs have to endure is the wire cages in which they are kept.

Little puppy paws are sensitive, and haven't yet developed the hardened exterior that protects dogs feet from injurious surfaces. Wire cages are not only uncomfortable; they can cause cuts and bruises on paw pads, as well as problems to the dogs' limbs and joints. Wire flooring is also subject to bending and sagging, making the cage even more detrimental to puppies' physical development.

If we're not going to outlaw cruel commercial breeding altogether, we can make a difference for the puppies born into that life. Write to the USDA asking that they increase standards for commercial breeding and require solid surface cages for all breeding operations.

Dear Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack:

If you care about animals as much as I do, you will want to give your attention to an important issue concerning puppy mill standards.

Commercial breeders are the worst offenders when it comes to the welfare of puppies in their care. While animal shelters are required by law to provide solid flooring in animals' cages, the law isn't the same for puppy mills.

Wire cages are the standard in commercial breeding. Sadly, though, there is no limit to the damage wire cages can do to dogs' health. They experience joint and limb discomfort and irregular growth from standing on the wires. Their paw pads can be badly bruised or cut from the hard metal. Because wire cages aren't comfortable, dogs remain standing for longer periods of time, resulting in poor posture and stress on muscles.

I would like you to require all commercial breeders and puppy mill facilities to utilize only solid bottom cages for dogs. Tell them we see through their profit-minded operations, and hold them accountable for keeping their dogs healthy.

If you don't increase America's puppy mill standards, who will?

Petition Signatures


Mar 28, 2017 Elizabeth Aguirre
Mar 28, 2017 Jennifer Johnson
Mar 28, 2017 Maria cristina Arthur -Roeder
Mar 28, 2017 Christine Heffernan
Mar 28, 2017 Kelly Nestelroad
Mar 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2017 Harpreet kaur
Mar 25, 2017 Alysa Waring
Mar 25, 2017 Jenny M
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 24, 2017 JoLayne Fritz
Mar 24, 2017 Fiona Forrest
Mar 24, 2017 Vibecke Steen
Mar 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 23, 2017 Nan Warner
Mar 23, 2017 julie munson
Mar 23, 2017 Cassandra Lewis
Mar 23, 2017 Lucia Simoni
Mar 23, 2017 beatriz Yanez
Mar 23, 2017 JANE Rosa
Mar 23, 2017 esther winchester People who treat puppies like this should be forced to live in little cages made of barbed wire.
Mar 23, 2017 Angela Hale
Mar 23, 2017 sheryl claxton
Mar 23, 2017 Didi Busietta
Mar 23, 2017 Torunn Hvilsten
Mar 23, 2017 lia schiltmans
Mar 23, 2017 Stephanie Hermiston
Mar 23, 2017 Kevin Amaral
Mar 23, 2017 Mary Jennifer Pruim
Mar 23, 2017 Ben Hoover
Mar 22, 2017 Maggie Santiago
Mar 22, 2017 Jean Heaps
Mar 21, 2017 DOROTHY MILLIGAN
Mar 21, 2017 Lulu LaRocca
Mar 21, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Mar 20, 2017 jean Davis
Mar 20, 2017 Hannah Weil
Mar 18, 2017 Sinje Fromme-Sachs
Mar 17, 2017 Katie Sceats
Mar 17, 2017 Terri Wagoner
Mar 16, 2017 Patricia Lusk-Milam
Mar 16, 2017 Melissa Suarez
Mar 16, 2017 blanca delao
Mar 16, 2017 P Plunkett
Mar 16, 2017 tammy oare
Mar 15, 2017 Pam Yoder
Mar 15, 2017 Paula Mesropian
Mar 15, 2017 Sandra Schomberg

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