Monday, July 6, 2009

Help Stop Puppy Mills

When you see footage of a puppy mill bust and watch as dogs who have never had a toy, warm bed, or affection find hope for the first time, what you don’t see is the legal work behind the scenes that makes it all possible.

The Humane Society of the United States has the largest and most effective legal team ever assembled on behalf of animals -- with 15 in-house lawyers, a network of more than 1,000 pro bono attorneys, and a docket of more than 40 active cases in state and federal courts around the country.

Will you help keep this legal team in court fighting for animals?

Last month, a class action lawsuit filed by our legal team bankrupted and shuttered the notorious Florida-based puppy retailer Wizard of Claws. The case not only put an end to this cruel and abusive operation, but also resulted in the rescue of all 32 of the store’s remaining puppy mill puppies.

Our legal team recently filed a similar but much larger class action against retail giant Petland Inc. for selling puppy mill dogs to unsuspecting consumers. The case is being hard fought by Petland and its army of corporate lawyers, but a victory could spare tens of thousands of dogs from a cruel fate at the hands of the puppy mill industry.

Please make a special gift today to help us win this critical case for animals -- and other important cases, too.

In the last two years, our legal team has filed dozens of new cases, and won more than 30 courtroom victories to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. This year we have already won court orders halting canned hunting of endangered species, ending the sale of cruel raccoon dog fur by a major fashion designer, overturning the Postal Service’s policy of mailing illegal animal fighting paraphernalia, and blocking the sport hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great Lakes.

Our legal team is working hard every day to ensure that all animals get the legal protection they deserve, but our opponents are strong and we cannot win this fight alone. Please make a contribution today to help puppy mill dogs and other animals get their day in court.

Thank you for all you do for animals.


Wayne Pacelle
President & CEO
The Humane Society of the United States

PS — Did you know you could learn more about legal protection for animals at our Taking Action For Animals conference July 24-27 in the Washington, D.C. area? Hear from legislators, attorneys, lobbyists, and others on how you can help usher in a whole new era of lawmaking and law enforcement for animal protection.

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