In 2013 the CFHS will strive to enhance the Criminal Code of Canada (CCC) to shut down Canadian puppy mills. The CFHS will create a ‘snapshot’ report on the Canadian puppy mill industry to help Canadians (public and politicians) better understand the scope and scale of this deplorable problem. The CFHS Puppy Mill Report will require research quantifying the number of puppy mills dogs that are being sold on-line, identifying where there are bans on the selling of dogs in pet stores, an overview of existing online restrictions and a collection of case studies on what is currently being done to combat puppy mills.
We will use the CFHS Puppy Mill Report to lobby politicians and advocate for the modernization of the current animal cruelty provisions of the CCC so that enforcement officers have the laws they need to convict puppy mill operators of cruelty and put them out of business for good. Additionally, this legislative work will also increase law enforcement’s ability to charge people with dog fighting-related activities.
2013 will be a banner year in the fight to eliminate the market for puppy mills. To support our groundbreaking Finding Fido program, the CFHS is launcing the Choose Adoption campaign. This national campaign will decrease euthanasia rates and diminish the demand for animals inhumanely raised in puppy and kitten mills.
The identifying marker of this campaign will be a branded teal ribbon and will elevate the concept of pet adoption by identifying an animal and/or its human companion as being associated with the pet adoption community. The ribbon could take many forms: as a cloth ribbon to attach to an animal’s collar, leash or clothing, as a magnet to apply to vehicles and/or as a printed collar tag.
As we further develop this campaign to end puppy mills across Canada, you'll see more and more information about where the ribbons will be available and what else you can do to support our work in shutting down puppy mills.
Because of your donations we have been able to realize 5+ million program impressions in the past year! If only 5% of those people think about the Canadian puppy mill and how they can change their attitudes and behaviours, then you have possibly steered 250,000 people away from getting their next dog from a disreputable source!
Stay tuned...in the next month we will announce a new Top Dog sponsor for our Finding Fido program; one that will allow us to reach out even further and to a whole new group of Canadians.
In addition we continue to meet with Parliamentarians and Senators to educate them on the current state of Canadian animal welfare and the important role that humane societies, SPCAs and rescues play in their communities. Building and maintaining these relationships is a long process, but rest assured puppy mills are an issue that most everyone in politics has heard about.
The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies continues to educate Canadians on the blight of puppy mills hiding in out-buildings and barns; typically selling their animals through pet stores or online.
Over the past few months, our Top Dog sponsor, FIDO Solutions, has helped us spread the word about responsible dog sourcing and ownership to over 77,000 people in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and BC!
At Woofstock in Toronto we were able to capture some great stories and testimonials from people who have had first-hand experience with puppy mills. Check them out at the Finding Fido website's main page: www.FindingFido.ca Please share these compelling stories as this is the best way for more people to understand how to avoid puppy mills.
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The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies continues to eduacte Canadians on the blight of puppy mills hiding in out-buildings and barns; typically selling their animals through pet stores or online.
One of our more innovative outreach vehicles for this program is through the FidoCARES tour. Managed by our Top Dog sponsor, Fido Solutions, this tour consists of a custom-built trailer that visits special events across the country educating people not only about Fido products, but also our Finding Fido program.
Tour stops for the near future include: Woofstock in Toronto, Canada Day in Ottawa, and Pawlooza in London.
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