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Are some in the pet industry running scared?

IMG_8860It appears that some in the pet industry may be running scared. Why? Because they just hired a big gun to lead their national lobby group.

Yesterday, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), a lobby group for pet stores, puppy millers and pet product makers, announced  they had hired the former head of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Ed Sayres to lead their group.

Shocking? Yes, but maybe not as much as we would like to think. After all, Ed left the ASPCA under less than positive circumstances. He and the board were in disagreement over several things, among them Ed’s half a million dollar salary and which legislative battles to pursue. And if one close to the situation is to be believed, there was also a battle going on over focusing more on animal welfare than fundraising. I’ll let you guess where Ed fell on this disagreement.

Practicing "Watch me"

Former puppy mill breeding dog, Maggie, is learning that life outside of a cage can be good.

The decision to hire an industry insider who may have the ASPCA playbook is no accident. The puppy mill industry is running scared. They know that the tide has been turning, and not in their favor.  Cities, towns and counties are taking action where national and state legislators have failed. They are banning the sale of cats and dogs and requiring pet stores to follow the rules, move or close down. If the puppy mill industry hopes to have any chance of turning things around they have to act now. Their hope is that Ed Sayres will be their savior.

The question is… can they turn back the tide?  Can they stop social media from continuing to educate the average consumer about pet stores and puppy mills? Can they stop local grassroots organizations from working with their city, county and other local officials to stop the sale of puppy mill dogs in their towns and cities?  Can they ever encourage the average consumer to buy a puppy mill dog once they have seen what a puppy mill parent goes through? Can they get people to un-see what they have already seen or forget what they already know?

Original Daisy 2

Former puppy mill breeder dog, Daisy, now lives a life filled with love and kindness.

It will be some time before we know if Ed will be the savior PIJAC hopes he will be, but my bet is on you, the average consumers and pet lover.

You and I, we care about our pets. We care where they came from and the conditions they were raised in. We want to make a difference. We believe in fighting for those who have no voice. We also believe puppy mills need to go.  We may not win every legislative battle, but if we change people’s minds, and their spending habits, then we still win.  Ed or no Ed. 


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  1. Linda Szymoniak
    August 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    I have just one word. Oreo. Ed Sayres is the perfect spokesperson for the puppy millers, because for the most part neither really care about the welfare of the animals, and because no animal rescuer is going to give him the time of day. I just hope he fails this position as badly as he did his position in the ASPCA.

    • Mel
      August 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      Well said Linda.

  2. fredrieka
    August 26, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    I am glad to hear this. A big problem with puppy mill dogs is behavior issues, they are more than likely left at local shelters because those that purchased them can not handle the issues. I would love education and free obiedience training clinics.
    I was blessed to find a free clinic in my area it made all the difference in the world. I adopted Fred in May by October she became a registered Therapy dog.

    • Mel
      August 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      You are so right Fredrieka. That is the problem with so many of the dogs saved. The new adopters don’t receive any support and that is truly needed. I am so glad you found the help you needed for Fred. That she became a Therapy dog is amazing. Wow!

  3. August 26, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Oh I hope he fails!!

  4. August 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    Thanks for sharing this – I want to look into this a little more.

  5. September 2, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Excellent post. That is a weird career move for sure; I’m shocked. Also shocked at the half million dollar salary – in animal welfare? So much for working more for passion than paycheck. I agree that consumer education is the KEY, customers are the ones w/ the real power to bring about change; with their spending dollars. 5 yrs ago I barely understood what puppy mills really were and how their animals were treated. Now I know better.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe

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