Saturday, November 15, 2008

Barkworks Slanders Animal Welfare Activists and Shelter Dogs

My mom saw a sign outside of Barkworks in the Westside Pavilion today that was full of lies. Barkworks, or FARTworks, as I like to call it, is a puppy mill front. BarkJerks is just a place that sells puppies whose moms and dads are in horrible pet factories for life. I hope people go to the shelter instead or to PetFinder to find a really cool dog like me.

Hey look at Lamby! The Barkjerk jerks want you to think that shelter dogs are all abused, old, crippled, deeply psychotic and have wildly infected anal glands. Lamby is a an example of all that, isn't he? (LA shelter dog, yup, yes-sir-eeeeee) Heckova job, BarkJERKS! Stop being so creepy, will ya?


My mom's letter:



Hey Barkworks!

I was in the Westside Pavilion today and read your sign outside the store. Your interpretation of what activists think is faulty. We in the animal protection movement know exactly what a puppy mill is. It's not a small backyard breeder or a hobby breeder or a show breeder. It's a commercial breeding facility where the dogs are kept in cages for their entire lives, used as breeding machines for profit. You know what they are; you buy your stock from them. So stop trying to sugar coat the practice of buying from commercial breeding facilities by lying to your customers, making the commercial breeders sound like sweet little old ladies breeding one bitch every once in a while. It's bullshit.

You intimate in your sign that activists think it's wrong for people to breed their own pups. Newsflash! For your information, it is illegal to "breed your pup" in Los Angeles. There is a spay/neuter law. In your own sign, you prove your utter disregard for the law.

To top it off, you actually stoop low enough to attempt to deter passersby from going to the local shelter. It is unconscionable of you to actually hurt dogs' chances in our shelter system by lying to the public that the dogs are all "old" and are likely to be "abused" or have "behavioral issues." Right now, times are hard for people--thousands can no longer keep their homes and they are being forced to abandon pets in record numbers. For you to put a big sign outside your door telling people, in so many words, to NOT go to the shelter because the dogs are no good is mean-spirited.

Contrary to what you wrote, there are many purebred, young dogs who have simply been abandoned. They need homes and you shouldn't need to make them look bad in order to sell your dogs. Sadly, and you know this, if you actually had a sign about where the dogs are from, with pictures, no one would buy your dogs. What I'm saying is quite clear, plain and true: if you told the truth, customers wouldn't buy from you. Even your employees don't know what to say when asked the questions. None of them have been where the investigators go. If they went and saw, they'd quit.

In your attempt to counter-attack the educational pro-adoption movement against you by the Best Friends Animal Society, you have made yourselves look defensive. It is obvious that you do not yet know enough about the power of the animal welfare movement and how it will change your business. You might have noticed a few puppy mill fronts going out of business in Los Angeles. Maybe it's Oprah's influence, maybe it is the fact that every major national animal protection org is after the puppy mill biz, maybe it's all the USDA and AKC whistle blowers talking about the substandard conditions in the commercial breeding facilities, I don't know. One thing is for sure though: people are beginning to know the truth and pet stores will go the way of film development stores. There is nothing you can do about it. Consumers are evolving and we will continue to educate them about your crappy store and other stores like it.

I look forward to the day when you realize that there are more ethical ways to make money than from the suffering of breeding dogs. That day is coming. Times are hard, like I said, and consumers have shut their wallets this season. Have a very lousy Christmas. Everyone else is, especially the mothers of the puppies in your stores. --



Love the part where it says that individuals deserve the right to not have their information distorted. Ha! Who's distorting the truth here? Like you can't "train, develop, love, or build a life-long bond" with a dog from the pound.

Losers.



20 Comments:

Blogger schnep said...

These jerks sure have balls... if only the spay/neuter law applied to them, too!

7:11 AM  
Blogger harry said...

BARKWORKS WESTSIDE PAVILLION IN LOS ANGELES, ARE LIARS BIGTIME, JINKY & LAMBY ARE CORRRECT, HOW DARE THEY BADMOUTH SHELTER DOGS! BARKWORKS YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED, THE PUBLIC IS BECOMING AWARE, WE KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR PUPPIES, HOW ABOUT MISSOURI PUPPY MILL CAPITAL, WHAT A BUNCH OF B.S. THAT THE OWNER DRIVES TO THE BREEDERS IN THE MIDWEST IN A VAN AND PICKS UP THE PUPPIES AND DRIVES THEM TO L.A. HOW ABOUT THE TRUTH A BIG TRUCK DROPS THE PUPPIES OFF IN SOME PICK UP LOCATION, HALF ARE DEAD FROM THE TRIP OR BEING SICK AND THEN YOU PUT THEM IN DISPLAY BOXES IN YOUR STORE. YOU ARE GUILTY OF SUPPORTING ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS WILL NEVER GIVE UP HELPING THESE DOGS IN THE PUPPY MILLS THAT LINE YOUR POCKETS!

8:33 AM  
Blogger harry said...

BARKWORKS WESTSIDE PAVILLION IN LOS ANGELES, ARE LIARS BIGTIME, JINKY & LAMBY ARE CORRRECT, HOW DARE THEY BADMOUTH SHELTER DOGS! BARKWORKS YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED, THE PUBLIC IS BECOMING AWARE, WE KNOW WHERE YOU GET YOUR PUPPIES, HOW ABOUT MISSOURI PUPPY MILL CAPITAL, WHAT A BUNCH OF B.S. THAT THE OWNER DRIVES TO THE BREEDERS IN THE MIDWEST IN A VAN AND PICKS UP THE PUPPIES AND DRIVES THEM TO L.A. HOW ABOUT THE TRUTH A BIG TRUCK DROPS THE PUPPIES OFF IN SOME PICK UP LOCATION, HALF ARE DEAD FROM THE TRIP OR BEING SICK AND THEN YOU PUT THEM IN DISPLAY BOXES IN YOUR STORE. YOU ARE GUILTY OF SUPPORTING ANIMAL CRUELTY AND THE ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS WILL NEVER GIVE UP HELPING THESE DOGS IN THE PUPPY MILLS THAT LINE YOUR POCKETS!

8:33 AM

8:35 AM  
Blogger Michele at Daily Dog Lick said...

It's amazing how much bad information you can fit into one small sign.

10:31 AM  
Blogger rita said...

Thank you for helping to expose these liars. Jinky looks darling in his vest, and Lamby, well, Lamby is just beautious.

10:49 AM  
Anonymous Kel said...

Do you know if that sign is still there as of today, the 21st?

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they got embarrassed and took it down! Go and tell them what you think and complain to the mall managers about that store.
What creeps.

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barkworks gives out all the breeder info, I bought a puppy from them because I couldn't find any repuatble breeder in CA. I went to visit the breeder they got my dog from and it was 10 times cleaner there than at any animal shelter I've seen in SoCal. Barkworks should sue you for slander. Check your resources before you say stuff that is untrue.

12:45 PM  
Blogger jill bryant said...

I went to The Oaks in Thousand Oaks yesterday and was shocked to see a Barkworks store. (It's a great mall - but it's a distance away.) I'd never seen one before and I don't like ANY pet store that sells cats or dogs and I refuse to shop at them. There are many reasons (I didn't even realize they were selling puppy mill puppies) but one is, what if the dog doesn't sell? I've seen pet stores where dogs are "marked down" because they are getting older but - what if it doesn't sell? Will the owner of the store take it home and provide it a good home? Ha! And, BTW, do they inspect the homes of the potential owners? How many of their dogs will end up in a shelter because the owners didn't realize what a handful a Golden Retriever can be, or that it might be challenging to housetrain some dogs or whatever....

Boycott all pet stores that sell cats and dogs. Give your money to stores that let shelters and rescues show their adoptees.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay this is not cool at all. My mom works at Barkworks and actually they are 100% not from Puppy Mills. Trust me if they were we wouldn't be there anymore. We are animal lovers and never thought we'd be working there. They make their breeders sign contracts and they have dropped some breeders becuase they wouldn't sign it. I work at the one in Thousand Oaks and we make sure we take Damn great care of them. So don't bad mouth them. Yes some puppies do get sick, but who doesn't its part of life. BUT if they are selling sick dogs that is not cool. The one out here does not sell sick puppies.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and the shelters that say they can spay or neuter you animal for free yes they do do that but for $25 more they will use the anethsetic. YES they DO do the surgery without any pain killers, while the poor thing is awake...

10:21 AM  
Blogger murphalisious said...

Barkworks are liars who sell sick puppies and refuse to take responsibility!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

The animals are lucky to have you as an advocate. But right now I am FREAKING OUT because Jinky looks EXACTLY like my dog!!!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/razorbrown/sets/72157601533702660/

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We were at the T.O. Barkworks today and copied down the addresses on the puppies aquariums. Then we did a seach of the addresses. Some where fake, and the rest were PUPPY MILLS. Sorry Barkworks, all those huge farms with outhouses way out in the middle of nowhere, with puppies in cages is NOT FAMILY BREEDING. YOU LIE To YOUR CUSTOMERS, BARKWORKS. I don't know how all your employees sleep at night, they seem to actually care about the puppies, or is that just an act, because they sure don't care about the puppies poor parents. Sick, just sick.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe there are times when the employees intentions are good. Here's the problem...The owners will NEVER actually tell the employees the condition of the places their animals come from. They certainly wouldn't want to influence the very people that are there to "sell" their animals and make them the big bucks! They are convincing and basically train their employees exactly how to respond if anyone questions them. Just like any employee will say at any pet shop "our animals come from a reputable breeder"! Once I said, "but perhaps you don't know that for sure. Maybe pet shops always tell their employees this but really, they are from puppy mills." They will say "oh no, not our place! I "know" the animals dont come from there." Most employees are in denial and believe what they are told. Perhaps they couldn't sleep at night if they knew the truth! The truth is...no one knows until they actully see for themselves! We can just assume that most, if not all pet shops, get their dogs from puppy mills and backyard breeding situations. Nevetheless, hypothetically, even if it was a "reputable breeder"...I think under the circumstances with all the dogs beind "killed" evey hour of every day simply for a lack of "space", breeding should be outlawed! Dogs are not property and should not be used as a profitable market! So...my point is, it may take educating the staff at pet shops as well instead of accusing them of "hiding" the truth. They don't know the truth and need to be convinced! Perhaps if the employees can become convinced that the employers "LIE, LIE, LIE" to their staff, they will have a very difficult time finding anyone that will be willing to work at such places.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a former Barkworks employee and quit because I found out a lot of the breeders are puppy mills. We took good care of the pups while in the store. But a lot of them have colds and parasites. They are in a truck for at least 2 days driving in from the Midwest. I don't think they are well looked after on the trip. Some are so small they die because they are not fed. Please do not buy pups from Barkworks

11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG those dog do look like twins!!!

I used to work at a pet store in the midwest, small privately owned one. And YES most of the puppies came from mills, however we also got calls daily from backyard breeders to see if we'd take their purebred pups too, sometimes the owners did, sometimes not.

4:07 PM  
Blogger TC said...

Lamby could be my dog too. Bless you for all the work you do, as you can see by my animals blog I support shelters and petfinder 100%!!

4:24 PM  
Blogger mdjgutie said...

Thanks, Jinky and thanks to your super smart mom, too. Those greedy S.O.B.s should be ashamed of themselves, but if that were possible, they would have stopped what they do a long time ago. They know better than anyone what horrible things go on in their back room when no one else is around.

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Robyn L said...

Barkworks probably used to get their dogs from St. Anne, Illinois.
53 dogs were removed from the filthy unheated trailer where they lived, ungroomed and unloved, in wire cages. In other words in a Puppy Mill! Walking on grass hurt these dog's feet. They had never walked on grass before because they lived in a Puppy Mill!
One dog had seizures. The owners didn't even know that about her. Why? Because they didn't spend any more time than they had to in their Puppy Mill!
Those little dogs are now in foster homes awaiting the go ahead for permanent home placements from the court.
Remember the St. Anne 53!
Here's hoping they are loved hugely, find warm hearts to snuggle within and have a gentle touch before falling alseep each night.
May they forever live free!

6:01 PM  

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