The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a petition
asking the White House to crack down on puppy mills, and less than 10 days later it had 10,600 signatures, double the amount it needed to get an official response from the federal government.
"Thousands of animal lovers across the country are bringing the issue of puppy mills directly to the President’s attention," said Melanie Kahn, senior director of the Puppy Mills Campaign for the HSUS. "The petition asks the President to close a loophole that permits large-scale, commercial breeders who sell puppies online and directly to the public to escape basic oversight and minimal animal care standards. The Obama Administration needs to act now and close this loophole to crack down on the worst puppy mill abuses."
The HSUS teamed up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society Legislative Fund to create the petition on a new section of the White House's website called "We The People." The government promises a response to any petition that collects at least 5,000 signatures within 30 days, which means that the puppy mill legislation should get a response soon.