In its ongoing battle against puppy mills, the Humane Society of the United States has announced the winners of its “Why Puppy Mills Stink” video contest. Melanie Kahn, senior director of The HSUS’ Puppy Mills Campaign, said this about their entries and finalists:
We received so many creative, touching and inspiring entries, and it was very difficult to pick a winner. All of the videos submitted are powerful examples of the strong support for cracking down on puppy mills. The videos will raise awareness and will encourage people to take action to stop this cruelty.
View one of the winning videos here, and then check out the official contest website to view the other finalists.
What did the winners and finalists receive for their efforts? All will receive free tuition to a new online course, Stop Puppy Mills: Advocating for Change, which The HSUS offers through its education affiliate, Humane Society University.
Why is The HSUS so determined to raise awareness about puppy mills? Here are a few troubling facts:
- Approximately one-third of the nation’s 9,000 independent pet stores sell puppies. The HSUS estimates that 2 million to 4 million puppy mill puppies are sold each year in the United States.
- Documented puppy mill conditions include over-breeding, inbreeding, minimal veterinary care, poor food and shelter, crowded cages and lack of socialization.
- Dogs kept for breeding in puppy mills suffer for years in continual confinement. They are bred as often as possible and then destroyed or discarded once they can no longer produce puppies.
- Puppy mills contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, which results in millions of unwanted dogs euthanized at shelters every year.
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