I hope everyone got to watch the CBC's Marketplace show tonight when they did a piece called "How not to buy a puppy" - it was really good. They focused on a couple specific pet stores that sold puppies - one in Toronto, and one in Vancouver - and it turns out that both those stores got their puppies from puppy mills in the United States - and both stores sold puppies that were defective and had bad genes and long term health problems - and lied in their advertising and intent.
The show also talked to "PIJAC" - the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council - which is the lobbying group that tries to give a respectable face to the pet store industry and also tries to inculcate itself to the Canadian Kennel Club and any other organization that they think might take them - they're an organization that is as sleazy as the Hunte Corporation themself - and the show tonight really showed that. It was great. I've been preaching for years how awful PIJAC is - hopefully now people will start to take notice - maybe now the Canadian Kennel Club will start to think twice about their close association with them at least.
The show tonight was able to trace 2 dogs that were bought at pet stores here in Canada to specific puppy mills in the States - and showed pictures of cages and chicken wire sheds that they came from - and PIJAC and the pet stores - had no answers to give.
You can watch the whole piece online at http://www.cbc.ca/marketplace/2009/how_not_to_buy_a_puppy/main.html