We will need all able members to join our Puppy Mill Awareness Day protest from 12-2 in Westland. Each year we bring the media including TV cameras so we will need plenty of supporters on hand.
Please cross post and forward to friends and families.
Parking: Park next door at Upright Fence on the opposite side of their main entrance.
Signs: We will have some signs to hold. If you wish to make your own sign, here are some suggestions. Remember all signs have to be factual.
"Boycott Westland Dog Food Co"
"Ask about the puppies mothers"
"Westlannd Dog Foof Co = Puppy Mills"
"Go Humane, or get out of Business - Westland Dog Food Co"
“Adopt, Don't Shop"
"Beware of the Pet Store"
"Warning - Sick Puppies"
1) Do not go into the store, before, during or after the rally. If you choose to protest, you can no longer go into the store to check anything out on any day.
2) Do not walk or park in the plaza lot. We have to stay on public property.
3) Do not stand too close to the entrance.
4) Do not block the view of vehicles pulling out of the plaza.
5) Do not interrupt the flow of traffic. If cars stop, make sure they pull around to our parking area and keep moving.
6) If it looks like rain we will still protests. Most signs are plastic covered and we have plastic bags for signs the public brings out. We will not protest if there is ligtening.
7) You may bring your dog, but we do not recommend having animals at rallies that are near traffic and subject to potentially bad weather.
Here is where we are so far with our Westland Dog Food Co Campaign:
7/20/11: A formal invitation to stop selling puppies and take the Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge through the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) initiative was sent. The store did not respond.
8/3/11 The formal invitation and pledge form were provided in person to Kim Fourment. The store did not respond.
8/11/11 A list of expectations were sent along with an offer to support them during the business transition to adoption events only. No response.
8/15/11 Final formal letter sent to Kim Fourment. No response.
8/17/11 Press Release issued “Group Asks Pet Store to Adopt Puppy-Friendly Practices. No response.
9/7/11 Pilot Protest.
9/11/11 Press Release" Puppy Mill Awareness Launches Puppy Store Campagin in Westland Michigan".
We hope the store will take our request seriously. We've worked with over 100 Michigan pet supply stores to sign them onto the Puppy Friendly Pet Store pledge. Unfortunately, some other stores have been reluctant to do so, and we then enacted a public campaign to educate the public about the stores’ puppy mill suppliers. Six area stores that sell puppies have closed after such campaigns were launched.
It is time the PUPPIES banner come down!
Here are some photos from our prior events.