I should probably get some boring stuff out of the way, right?
A campaign based in facts and supported by evidence is a strong one. So I’ve for some academic literature on the matter. Don’t worry, you’re not going to have to read any dense work by a professor. I’ll make up a little summary to keep it user friendly.
Today we’ll be looking at one particular article. It’s from the U.S, so obviously laws and regulations won’t exactly be the same, but it makes a good point that is supported by evidence. I’ll provide the reference the bottom of this post so that you can read a bit further if you so please.
This article is titled ‘A local approach to a national problem: local ordinances as a means of curbing puppy mill production and pet overpopulation’. The basic premise of the article is that federal regulations are not doing enough to stop puppy farms and pet shops sourcing from puppy farms, so the solution is to turn to local municipalities.
Without getting too wrapped up in legal lingo, municipalities can enact ‘local ordinances’ (like regulations) that prohibit the sale of pets (dogs in particular) from pet stores. The article discovered that enacting these ordinances were more effective in terms of conveying what the citizens of that community wanted, and also being easier for sales to understand.
So how can we bring this back to the land down under? Try emailing your local council, asking about pet sale regulation and bringing it back to the issue of puppy farms in particular.
Kenny, Krysten, ‘A local approach to a national problem: local ordinances as a means of curbing puppy mill production and pet overpopulation’ Albany Law Review, Fall, 2011, Vol.75(1), p.379(28) [Peer Reviewed Journal]