The animals are generally purchased on impulse by people who are not educated on how to properly care for their new companion animal.
Selling animals in flea markets, swap meets and alongside the road needs to stop - animals are suffering and dying because sellers care more about money than the overall health and welfare of the animals.
There is a bill before the California legislature that would end the cruel practice of selling animals at flea markets and swap meets.
How You Can Help:
AB 1122, authored by Assemblymember Ted Lieu, will prohibit the sale of animals along street corners and flea markets. The hearing is on April 21st, next Tuesday and your voice is urgently needed. Please take a moment to call or email your state Assemblymember and urge him or her to SUPPORT AB 1122. The animals are counting on you. A sample letter is below.
If you don't know the name of your state Assemblymember, there are two ways to find it:
- Go HERE and enter your zip code and press "search". You will be given the name and contact information of your Assemblymember.
- Call the California Government Information Hotline at 916-322-9900. Give the operator your address - the operator will tell you the name of your Assemblymember. You can also leave your message for him/her through the operator.
The Honorable [full name of Assemblymember]
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sacramento, CA 95814
I am writing in strong support of AB 1122, which will address the sale of animals at swap meets, flea markets and on street corners.
Dogs, cats and other companion animals are being sold at flea markets and swap meets in terrible conditions. These
companion animals often are kept in overcrowded pens or cages that are unsanitary, without food and/or water, in extreme heat and direct sunlight. They are handled by shoppers and purchased on impulse.
In addition, puppies and other animals are being sold along roadsides. There are instances where the animals are sold, only to die of illness a few days later - illness that could have been prevented if the animals had received proper care from those breeding them for profit.
Please lend your support to AB 1122. Thank you.
[Your name and address]