|Photo courtesy of CAPS|
CAPS has filed a class action lawsuit charging Barkworks with selling sick dogs and defrauding customers. The closing will not impact the continuation of this lawsuit. Barkworks is a pet store that has knowingly supported the cruelty and greed of multiple puppy mills by purchasing its puppies from them. Most of their puppies have originated from mills in the Midwest. Typical of pet stores selling puppy mill dogs, Barkworks has led their customers to believe that the puppies have come from reputable breeders. There are still five other stores currently operating.
It was big news when L.A. recently passed a ban on the sale of puppy mill dogs and cats. Currently the largest city to have done so, it set the standard and paved the way for other cities to follow. CAPS had a hand in that, too. Undercover investigations performed by the organization were part of its report on pet stores and puppy mills presented to the city council.
Most of us know that cute little puppies sold in these pet stores are the product of great suffering in the miserable lives of the parent dogs bred incessantly to produce them. There are still too many people, though, who aren't aware of either the horrendous treatment of these innocent dogs, or the extent of the greed and inhumanity involved. Even setting aside the issues of humane treatment of animals, there is still the disturbing practice by these stores of deceit and fraudulent claims regarding the breeding and upbringing of the puppies, and the true state of their health.
As for the landmark protesting – CAPS volunteers protested inside the mall – something that had previously been considered illegal, until the organization realized that California’s law protected the right to protest more than federal laws do. Threats were even made by the mall that security guards would arrest protesters. Speaking up for those without a voice can mean running up against many who’d rather you just quietly went home.
Kudos to Companion Animal Protection Society for doing right by our canine friends. Applause for all the protesters who took time to attend demonstrations and speak up for the dogs. And a big, heartfelt Thank You to all involved, for what you do and for making a difference. You are our heroes!
|For details about CAPS and Barkworks, click here|
Now…on to the next pet store…