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Puppy mills are licensed, legal and rampant across the United States (and the world). Bailing Out Benji is a nonprofit that is fighting to change that. "Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills" is hosted by Ashly Dale, Mindi Callison and Nicole Galvan. Our hosts candidly speak about the various facets of the puppy mill industry, and the issues that advocates across the country face, while interviewing industry experts as we all work together to create lasting change for the animals trapped in commercial breeding facilities. We invite you to sit down with us each week and help us keep the conversation going for the animals. Support our show: https://bailingoutbenji.com/donate/

Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills Bailing Out Benji

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

Puppy mills are licensed, legal and rampant across the United States (and the world). Bailing Out Benji is a nonprofit that is fighting to change that. "Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills" is hosted by Ashly Dale, Mindi Callison and Nicole Galvan. Our hosts candidly speak about the various facets of the puppy mill industry, and the issues that advocates across the country face, while interviewing industry experts as we all work together to create lasting change for the animals trapped in commercial breeding facilities. We invite you to sit down with us each week and help us keep the conversation going for the animals. Support our show: https://bailingoutbenji.com/donate/

    Arizona's Puppy Mill Pipeline

    Arizona's Puppy Mill Pipeline

    Arizona has all the the hallmarks of a typical puppy mill pipeline state: one large puppy mill peddler with big money to fight humane laws, lots of smaller dealers trucking in puppy mill puppies under the radar, lack of enforcement, and a community in need of educational efforts.  There's a lot of work to be done in Arizona, but we're never going to stop fighting and we need YOUR help!  
    Tune in this week to learn all about Arizona's puppy mill pipeline and find out what you can do to stop it! 
    Arizona's pet store/puppy mill connection can be found here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/puppy-mill-maps/cvi-data/arizona/
    Go here to become a Bailing Out Benji volunteer: https://bailingoutbenji.com/how-you-can-help/volunteer/
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    • 56 min
    The 2022 Horrible Hundred Report - And the Pet Stores They Sell To

    The 2022 Horrible Hundred Report - And the Pet Stores They Sell To

    Our good friends at The Humane Society of the United States just released their 2022 Horrible Hundred Report, listing violations from some of the worst puppy mills in the country. After going through their report we swiftly scoured our own database and released a companion report connecting those Horrible Hundred puppy mills to pet stores across the country who sell their puppies.  
    In addition to the Horrible Hundred report release, we also have several ordinances on the verge of passing in cities across the country from Washington to Wisconsin, in addition to a couple of state bills.  Tune in to find out if there is any legislative activity in your area!  
    To view the HSUS 2022 Horrible Hundred Report, go here:  https://www.humanesociety.org/sites/default/files/docs/HSUS_Horrible-Hundred-2022.pdf
    To view our Horrible Hundred/Pet Store Connection companion report, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/2022-horrible-hundred/
    To view current active legislation across the country, go here: https://bailingoutbenji.com/legislation
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    To buy new merchandise to support our work, go here: https://store.bailingoutbenji.com/
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    Humane Spotlight: The Green Spot

    Humane Spotlight: The Green Spot

    This week we are joined by Jessica and Whitney, owners of The Green Spot, a humane pet store in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Listen in as Jessica and Whitney describe their success in developing an ethical and humane business model that focuses on giving back to the community and providing education to help customers have healthier, happier relationships with their pets. 

    You can find The Green Spot online, here: https://greenspotomaha.com/
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    • 47 min
    How Does Your State Rank in Protecting Animals?

    How Does Your State Rank in Protecting Animals?

    Our good friends at Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) released their annual report, ranking states based on their animal protection laws, so this week we are discussing their latest report and how it pertains to the work we do in fighting against puppy mills. Listen in, as we also give a minor update on the Daniel Gingerich case, which emphasizes the need for stronger and more enforceable animal protection laws!
    Let us know how your state ranks and tell us how you intend to help elevate your state for next year's ranking!
    You can find the ALDF report here: https://aldf.org/article/state-animal-protection-laws-ranked-2021/
    Support the show (https://bailingoutbenji.com/support-us/)

    • 47 min
    USDA Violations - First Quarter 2022

    USDA Violations - First Quarter 2022

    We're doing a new thing! This week we discuss our new USDA Violation Reports, which we will be releasing every quarter to bring awareness about all the puppy mill breeders and dealers who had violations on their USDA inspections. So far in 2022 the USDA has issued at least 229 violations to 72 licensees across the country. We have records showing that at least 28 of those facility sell to pet stores. Of the licensees who received violations, several of them have received official USDA warnings. 
    Listen in to learn how and why we will be releasing these reports!

    View our Quarter 1 Report here: 
    https://bailingoutbenji.com/usda-q1/
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    • 45 min
    Animal Care Expo - Attending Conferences

    Animal Care Expo - Attending Conferences

    We are starting to find our "new normal" as in-person conferences and events are happening across the country. Tune in this week to learn about the value advocates will find in attending these events, and how important it is for our small-but-mighty organization to have a strong presence at the Animal Care Expo and other events happening this year. 
    Take note of our shared feelings of awkwardness and hesitancy as we all become acclimated to educating about puppy mills in-person again. 

    The Animal Care Expo information can be found here: https://humanepro.org/expo

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

Paige42986 ,

Love this

I love your podcast it is one of the most informative I have heard in a long time about puppy mills and I thank you for putting it on

Thinkin' Thoughts ,

Always Great Information!

I always learn something new when I listen to Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills. They shine a light on how the USDA focuses on protecting the millers, even when the inspectors see dogs that are in desperate need of vet care or are living in filth. Inspectors aren’t there to make sure the animals are being properly cared for because if they were, millers that have years worth of violations wouldn’t still have their licenses. So much important fact-based information is presented and Bailing Out Benji does the research and has the documentation to support all claims they make. This is a very small organization that makes a huge impact. With each episode of Truth, Lies and Puppy Mills, I am more and more amazed by the difference this organization is making! Listen to an episode or two and you’ll realize how easily well-meaning consumers can be fooled by those who only care about the money they can make from a puppy, but don’t care a bit about the puppy.

Angelamichigan ,

Great information

The research behind this is amazing. The honesty is what the public needs. The usda is Such an awful greedy government organization. The show interviews some great people with some wonderful information.

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