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February 6, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Forms New Dog Breeders Advisory and Resource Council

The new partnership will help consumers shop wisely for a puppy by recognizing the difference between responsible breeders and puppy mills

The Humane Society of the United States announced the newly formed Breeders Advisory and Resource Council which is composed of responsible dog breeders from across the country. Council members will advise HSUS on dog health and welfare issues, and talk to the general public about what constitutes proper breeding practices, promoting the health of the parents and the puppies.

In a first step, the Council and The HSUS posted new web resources for consumers and a “How to Identify a Responsible Breeder Checklist.” The primary aim of The HSUS is to promote pet adoption from shelters and rescue groups, and encourage consumers who choose to purchase a puppy to buy from a responsible breeder instead of inhumane, commercial breeding facilities known as puppy mills.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The HSUS says, “For too long, large-scale commercial puppy mills have given all dog breeders a bad name. We commend the responsible breeders who are showing leadership in their community and speaking out against the abusive operations that treat dogs not like loving family members, but like a cash crop. Everyone who cares about the health and welfare of dogs must be part of the solution, and we are excited about this new partnership.”

"We want to protect our right to be responsible breeders and to enjoy and bond with our dogs in show and performance events, but if we think for one minute that ignoring the problem of cruelty to animals makes us responsible breeders and protects our rights, I believe we're wrong,” says Council member and AKC Breeder of Merit, Kathryn McGriff. “We can no longer sweep puppy mills under the rug."

Helping consumers understand the hows and whys of responsible breeding is essential to ending the cruelty inflicted on dogs by  puppy mill operators, including those who sell on the Internet.

For more information visit humanesociety.org/breeders.

Media Contact: Jordan Crump: 301-548-7793; jcrump@humanesociety.org

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