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Illinois Senate Bill 2280 Aims To Put Puppy Mills Out of Business!

Paws Up!
February 16, 2018

To the Illinois General Assembly for proposing a new bill to cut the cash flow from pet shops to puppy mills and backyard breeders.

Laws to combat backyard breeding and puppy mills have been passed in cities and counties throughout the United States. Recently, the state of California became the first U.S. state to stop pet shops from selling cats and dogs sourced from commercial breeders on the retail pet market. These laws have been passed to cut the cash flow to puppy mills, who sell baby animals wholesale to pet shops, who in turn, sell them at a mark-up to consumers. In puppy mills and backyard breeding operations, breeders maximize profit by skimping on socialization, shelter, veterinary care, and nutrition for the animals.

According to a recent news article, Senate Bill 2280, also known as the Animal Welfare-Pet Shop bill,  would require pet shops in Will County and Dupage County, Illinois, to acquire dogs, cats, and rabbits  from non-profit animal rescues only. While consumers could still choose to purchase animals directly from breeders, pet stores would no longer be able to purchase from puppy mills and backyard breeders.

To learn more about the harsh realities of puppy mills, download our free brochure here.  

Take Action:  Illinois residents, contact your legislators to express your support for Senate Bill 2280 to stop the commercial retail sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits. Feel free to send NHES’ sample action letter in your message.

Re:  Animal Welfare-Pet Shop Bill

Dear {Senator ________},

I am citizen of Illinois, and am writing to ask for you to please support Senate Bill 2280, also know as the Animal Welfare-Pet Shop Bill.  This bill would require pet shop owners to obtain dogs, cats, and rabbits from non-profit animal rescues.  Companion animals are social, sentient beings.  Those who are bred for profit live miserable lives in filth, disease, and loneliness.  Puppies and kittens from backyard breeders often suffer from illness and limited socialization.  Please help stop these breeders and put an end to their greedy abuse.

Thank you for your consideration,

{Your Name}

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