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We are animal lovers just like you. We find their quirky personalities adorable, their unwavering loyalty admirable, and their sweet silliness straight up addictive. They’re love on four legs; not commodities. Our Pets Are Not Products campaign is an advocacy and awareness initiative. Our goal is to end the retail sale of animals — which in turn will end the existence of breeding mills. Join us. We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.
Many people are unaware that when you buy an animal from a pet store or online, you are directly supporting breeding mills.
Breeding mills are notoriously cruel and inhumane. They are not regulated. There is no standard of healthcare. And there are inadequate laws to protect the animals that are being forced to produce en masse. Our Executive Director, Kathy Powelson, talks about the breeding mill problem in more detail here.
Most people who purchase animals do so with good intentions. They give their new furry family member a good home and lots of love.
Unfortunately, that one transaction says to the breeding industry and to government: “I support breeding mills.”
The fact is: Most people do NOT support breeding mills.
The Pets Are Not Products campaign aims to educate the public about adding furry members to their families in a more kindhearted, ethical way and to encourage lawmakers to end the retail sale of animals in BC altogether.
Download any or all of the Pets Are Not Products Toolkit.
You’ll find letters, petitions, flyers, and postcards to help you lead your own campaign against the retail sale of animals in BC. Thank you for giving time to our furry friends.
Your advocacy helps make change happen!DOWNLOAD THE PETS ARE NOT PRODUCTS TOOLKIT
Current laws do NOT protect animals in breeding mills. It is up to us to end this inhumane commercial business. It starts with a commitment. Take the pledge and commit to never purchase an animal from a pet store, an online retailer or a disreputable breeder.
There are thousands of animals at adoption organizations across the province waiting for loving homes. Connect with one of our rescue partners and find your furry companion to love.
These stores choose to sell animals and support breeding mills. Avoid them. Better yet, hold a Pets Are Not Products demonstration outside their doors.