WASHINGTON, April 27, 2022
In honor of National Animal Advocacy Day (April 30), actors Eric McCormack and Edie Falco join the ASPCA in supporting the Goldie’s Act, a federal law that will protect dogs in puppy mills
WASHINGTON, April 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) has released new data from a national poll conducted by Lake Research Partners which found that 77% of Americans support federal legislation that would end puppy mills. Additionally, 71% of Americans support federal legislation that would require the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to strengthen enforcement of the federal Animal Welfare Act (AWA) with support extending to all political parties, age, gender and whether the respondent lived in a rural or urban area. The new data was released ahead of National Animal Advocacy Day, celebrated annually on April 30 encourage all animal advocates to get involved in the legislative process and make a real difference for animals in their community.
Last year, the ASPCA assisted the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) with the rescue of more than 500 dogs who lived in horrific conditions at a USDA-registered dog farm in Iowa. Despite seeing more than 200 AWA violations at this facility — including dogs sick and dying from injuries and illnesses, dogs housed in cages too small to turn around, and dogs standing in trash – the USDA continued to allow the licensee to operate, never confiscating dogs that were in pain and never issuing penalties against the breeder.
This case is part of a current model of the USDA not enforcing the AWA, even when the conditions are extremely bad and the dogs die. In response to this disturbing case, the ASPCA worked with a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers, including US representatives. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), Nicole Malliotakis (RN.Y.), wild susan (D-Pa.) and Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.)To present Goldie’s Law (HR 6100)named for a Golden Retriever who suffered extreme neglect and died before he could be rescued from this USDA-registered facility in Iowa. USDA inspectors did not intervene but instead documented Goldie’s deteriorating condition for months and although they had the power to save her, they did nothing.
“For decades, the USDA has failed to enforce the law to protect dogs in puppy mills, and this research confirms that Americans overwhelmingly support stronger enforcement of animal welfare laws to protect dogs in puppy mills. protect dogs and hold puppy mills accountable,” said Nancy PerryASPCA Senior Vice President of Government Relations. “Goldie’s Act will require the USDA to do its job to protect dogs in federally registered facilities and we are grateful to have influential advocates like Eric McCormack and Edie Falco using their voice to denounce the cruelty of puppy mills. We thank Reps. Axne, Fitzpatrick, Quigley, Malliotakis, Wild, and Buchanan for introducing this life-saving bill and urge Congress to pass the Goldie Act to ensure dogs receive the protection they deserve.”
The Goldie Act would require the USDA to conduct more frequent and meaningful inspections, confiscate dogs in pain, and impose deterrent monetary penalties on license holders who break the law. It will also require the USDA to share information about suspected cruelty and neglect with law enforcement.
In honor of National Animal Advocacy Day (April 30), the ASPCA is organizing a action week from April 25-30 to urge the public to contact their members of Congress and ask them to pass the Goldie Act. To raise public awareness of the bill, the ASPCA released a new video and gained support from award-winning actors Eric McCormack and Edie Falco to encourage the public to get involved. Last week, McCormack and his rescue dog, Wallace, took part in a Instagram Live Chat hosted by the ASPCA, and Falco, whose dog Sami was rescued from a puppy mill, lends his voice in a recorded message and emails animal advocates.
“As an animal lover, it is unconscionable to me that failed USDA policies have allowed horrendous cruelty to proliferate in federally licensed puppy mills for decades,” said McCormack. “The shocking inhumanity in the USDA-licensed facility at Iowa that led to Goldie’s death cannot be tolerated, and I encourage everyone to speak out against this horror to hold puppy mills accountable.”
“My dog Sami spent two years in a box, in the dark, with no name. She was forced to have puppies that were sold to pet stores, and that was her life,” said Falcon. “I’m grateful that my dog Sami was saved, but thousands of other dogs like Goldie aren’t so lucky and these dogs will continue to suffer in puppy mills across the country if the USDA doesn’t do something about it. his work. Goldie’s story is tragic, but we can prevent other dogs from meeting his fate by pressing Congress to pass the Goldie Act.”
For more information on the ASPCA’s efforts to protect dogs on commercial farms or to support the Goldie’s Act, please visit www.aspca.org/goldiesactweek.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) was the first animal welfare organization to be established in North America and is today the nation’s leading voice for vulnerable animals and victims. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with more than two million supporters nationwide, the ASPCA is committed to preventing cruelty to dogs, cats, equines, and animals. farms across the United States. The ASPCA helps animals in need through on-the-ground disaster and cruelty response, behavioral rehabilitation, animal placement, legal and legislative advocacy, and community advancement. shelters and veterinarians through research, training and resources. For more information, visit www.ASPCA.organd follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitterand instagram.
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