This Sunday, I will march down Michigan Ave. in support of National Puppy Mill Awareness Day, September 27th. It will be my first march, but my fight started 7 years ago when I walked into my first Amish barn and saw lifeless dogs bought and sold like junk.
Seven years ago, I estimate that 1 in 100 people knew what I meant when I said the words “puppy mill.” Today, I estimate that to be 1 in 25. The message, long in the making, is quickly becoming louder. We are being heard.
84 cities across the nation have bans on the retail sale of puppies unless they come from rescues and shelters. More cities and counties are in the process of adopting similar ordinances. The message is strong and it is simple, but it is not without contention.
I believe that we are on a precipice of enormous change for mill dogs everywhere. I believe that we have reached the 2nd stage of truth as quoted by Arthur Schopenhauer, “All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second, it is violently opposed and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
For years, those of us fighting for mill dogs were ridiculed, often ostracized for caring more about dogs than kids. We overcame such initial scrutiny and as our fight has grown momentum and tripled in strength, we are being met with anger, often pure rage.
Recently, we have been called controversial, as if exposing the horrific reality of mill dogs is questionable. The people we are fighting are running out of options. They have gotten mean and nasty.
It can be frightening to go up against such violent and irrational individuals, but we cannot show fear. We cannot succumb to their tactics. We must march on…
That is what we ALL need to do on September 27th National Puppy Mill Awareness Day. We will walk together – unified in our mission and strong in numbers. We will march and show we are here to educate, to bring awareness, and to fight for the dogs who have no voice.
Fierce opposition based on greed and cruelty is opposition we are more than willing to take on… For the love of dogs of everywhere, for the freedom of mill dogs locked away in dark barns and for the future of canine companionship, we will walk and we will be heard.
What we speak will soon be the self-evident accepted truth.
*** For information about the Chicago March visit the Puppy Mill Project. For information about other events on National Puppy Mill Awareness Day or how to get involved visit The National Puppy Mill Project. Here are some events around the nation:
San Diego Humane Society Adoption Event
Protest, 1 PM National City Puppy & Min Toy Puppies
https://www.facebook.com/events/136106673403868/, San Diego, Ca
Awareness Day Proclamations
Brower County and Maimi Dade County Florida
Paws For A Cause Meet and Greet
Indiana Puppy Mill Project, Tails on Trails, Fort Wayne
Legislative Meeting on Puppy Mills
Bailing out Benji 30 protests days 30
The Puppy Mill Project, Chicago March
Petland Protest, 12-4 PM Roundlake, Il
Harper College Animal Rights Club, leafleting Palatine, Il
Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills, Protest Tropic Pets, Waterboro
Boots Place Against Puppy Mills, Protest, Rockville
Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Micigan, Human Chain through Novi
Protest Amaze’n Farmyard/Clearview Kennels, Minn, Mn
Petland Protest 11-2 PM 6131 Ronald Regan Dr, St Louis, Mo
more info: “email@example.com”
Residents Against Pet Stores in Cherry Hill, Protest
Ohio Voters for Companion Animals Ohio
Boycott The Family Puppy Store – Human Chain Toledo
Leo’s Helping Paws, Puppy Ribbon Project, Lancaster, PA
Puppy Mill & Backyard Breeders Awareness Day 9/26
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Puppy-Mill-Backyard-Breeders-Awareness-Day-2015/481388368730540 Peach Bottom, PA
Puppy Mill Awareness Austin, Festival
Wisconsin Citizens Against Puppy Mills Protest 9/26 Wi
Wisconsin Citizens Against Puppy Mills
Petland Protest off Milton Ave, Janesville, Wi
Puppymill Awareness Working Solutions, Ottawa Ontario
9/19 Awareness Event Pet Value Kanata
Puppy Farm Awareness Walk, Penang, Malaysia