Via Portland IMC (and by way of Food Fight by way of the Veg Blog), comes this video of a recent Portland puppy mill protest. The Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights* staged a rather creative and entertaining demo in front of Scamps “pet” store (located in Portland’s Lloyd Center Mall), where they were promptly bullied, assaulted and subsequently “escorted” out by a team of absolutely Paul Blart-esque mall cops (minus the Kevin James cuddle factor, natch):
Writes Animal Defense Media at Portland IMC:
The Radical Cheerleaders for Animal Rights performed today in front of Scamps store inside Lloyd Center Mall to bring attention to scamps history of selling puppies from puppy mills. After the performance, an activist is aggressively detained by mall security resulting in angry shoppers expressing their disgust with the security guards.
Scamp’s Pet store (located in Lloyd Center) is fond of saying their puppies come from kennels that are licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) implying that this offers some level of assurance regarding health and humane standards. The reality is that thousands of dogs spend much of their lives in cramped, cold and filthy cages as “breeding stock”. In these USDA-approved conditions, adults and puppies are squeezed together, compete for food or water (if any is available) and endure a lifetime in tiny wire cages which damage their paws. They never get to feel the grass, have a toy, a treat, or chase a ball. Many go cage crazy running around in endless circles, driven mad by the frustrating hours of boredom and loneliness.
Scamps pet store was recently exposed in an undercover report by KGW Channel 8s Anne Yeager, who obtained veterinary records and interviewed multiple victims who have purchased sick and genetically defective puppies from Scamps. The story also tells how Scamps buys from puppy mills.
Incidentally, the husband rented a room to a mall cop for a short time when we first started dating. “Kevin” used to come home with tales of chasing down “perps” with his “partners” in the parking lot outside Kaufmann’s department store, complete with foot races and high-speed chases. It was all very Starsky and Hutch wanna-be. Quite sad, actually.
One night, while trying to impress some neighbor women, he shot himself in the foot with his own gun. Just sayin’.
Anywho, if you’d like to lodge a complain with Lloyd Center Mall, you can do so by phone at 503-282-2511; by fax at 503-280-9407; online at http://www.lloydcentermall.com/go/suggForm.cfm or by mail:
2201 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR 97232
* I love these broads! A little bit compassion, a little bit rock n’ roll. Totally fucking awesome.
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