Posts Tagged ‘Humane Society’

Puppy mill suit against Petland not dead

August 11, 2009

“The suit was dismissed Friday by a federal judge in Phoenix who said the allegations were too general and that the complaint did not show that the plaintiffs were direct victims of the fraud that was alleged in the suit.
Judge David Campbell of U.S. District court in Phoenix gave the pet owners until Aug. 29 to file a revised complaint with more detailed allegations.”


Petland wants Court to dismiss lawsuit

May 15, 2009

“Petland Inc., a Chillicothe-based chain of pet stores, and The Hunte Corp., a puppy supplier, have asked a federal judge to toss out a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging the companies sold unhealthy puppies to consumers.”


Weak Petland protests coverage

May 11, 2009

These nationwide protests continue to receive poor coverage:  I found only this article from a TV station in my Google news search:

“Indianapolis – Indiana took part in a nationwide protest Saturday against puppy mills.

Standing on a curb in Carmel on a windy day, a dozen dog-loving demonstrators hoped to make a point.”


Humane society proposing ban on puppy mills

May 7, 2009

“We are soon to introduce federal legislation, the Puppy Uniform Protection Statute (PUPS), or “Baby’s Bill,” named after an elderly dog rescued by animal advocate Jana Kohl.”

Humane Society attorney on Petland lawsuit

April 2, 2009

Here is a video where he explains what is behind filing the lawsuit.

Humane Society Video

No mention of Petland on Nightline puppy mill story

March 29, 2009

Nightline did an interesting piece Friday night on the Amish puppy mills, showing how a breeder sees his treatment as humane while others would not.  However, I cannot believe that the story doesn’t even mention the recent protests against Petland for selling puppy mill dogs and the lawsuit just filed by the Humane Society against Petland for these practices.  In fact, the story doesn’t even pose the question, “to whom do these dog breeders sell their puppies?” 

That Nightline, heavily dependent on advertisers, completely ignores this very relevant fact, is symptomatic of the favorable treatment corporate America receives at the hands of corporate media.  Its not even that the coverage is biased in favor of Petland.  The issue of Petland’s involvement in puppy mills gets completely ignored.

Petland could be an advertiser for Nightline or if Nightline mentioned the suit, no doubt the company could apply pressure on ABC.  For all we know, the company has already been lobbying, pressuring the television networks and other outlets to ignore Petland’s role in the puppy mill debate.

Here is a link to Nightline where you can view the video.

Here is a link to make a comment to Nightline.  I did that and linked to this blog and if I hear from them, I’ll post their response.

Petland continues to stonewall on puppy mills

March 25, 2009

“This is a continuing public relations campaign to smear the good name of Petland and to increase HSUS donations by utilizing sensationalized media and legal attacks.” Petland offers in a written statement.

I’m sorry but if this is a public relations campaign, I think Petland is losing and rather than simply categorically deny what appears increasingly hard to believe, why doesn’t the company work with the Humane Society to stop the “smears?”  

Because Petland is a private company, we don’t learn how these ongoing protests and lawsuits are impacting their bottom line.  I can’t believe its helpful provides the company with a platform to give its side of the story and then at the bottom says that they have received “scores” of complaints from people who bought sick puppies from Petland.

Consumer Affairs article

Petland responds to Humane Society lawsuit

March 19, 2009

The thrust of Petland’s response is that the Humane Society of the United States has no affiliation with local humane societies.  I guess their point is that whatever warm and cuddly feelings you have about the humane society down the street, don’t associate it with the national organization.  However, they are all nonprofits without a corporate axe to grind.  The second is to label the organization a “radical animal rights” group.  Finally, they assign the Human Society’s motivation as creating sensationalism to increase donations.  Overall, a pretty desperate and weak defense.  Why don’t they simply work with them to correct the problems?  Seems stupid to me.


Humane Society takes on Petland in Court

March 18, 2009

The Humane Society of the United States published its investigations into puppy mills back in November 2008 finding Petland implicated in purchasing animals from these facilities.  Since then they have organized protests, written letters back and forth with Petland and now they have taken their fight to court, to federal court in Arizona.

Complaint courtesy Courthousenews

Plano Petland protest: 80 plus

January 13, 2009

From the forum thread I linked to below it sounds like the local TV media wasn’t terribly receptive to these protests.  And what about national media? I looked at Google news and found very little coverage of a protest that spanned fifteen states.  I think its part of the corporatization of the mainstream media.  If its a nationwide abortion or gay rights protest the media will cover it because politics is safe.  But a protest against a big corporation?  Too scary particularly in these days of a scarce advertising revenue.

Plano Petland thread