Brea Mall is considering renewing the lease of Barkworks, a chain store that sells animals from puppy mills. Let's urge them not to. While we're at it, we can educate patrons on the horrors of puppy mills.
Puppy mills raise animals in cramped, crude, filthy conditions. Constant confinement and a lack of adequate veterinary care and socialization yield unhealthy animals who are difficult to socialize. Consequently, many puppies are abandoned within weeks or months of their adoption by frustrated buyers—further exacerbating the tragic companion-animal overpopulation crisis.
Puppies are torn away from their mothers and sold to brokers who pack them into crates for transport and resale to pet stores. Animals shipped from mill to broker to pet store can travel hundreds of miles in pickup trucks, tractor-trailers, and airplanes, often without adequate food, water, ventilation, or shelter.
Young animals who survive the unsanitary conditions at puppy mills and endure the grueling transport to pet stores have rarely received the kind of loving human contact that is necessary for them to become suitable companions. Breeders, brokers, and pet stores ensure maximum profits by not spending money for proper food, housing, or veterinary care.
The California Court of Appeal has affirmed our right to protest at Brea Mall. Now we can use this valuable opportunity to exercise that right.