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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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6 responses to “Illinois Senate Bill 2280 Aims To Put Puppy Mills Out of Business!”

  1. Katherine says:

    These horrible people are making millions from these puppies, they get no care or any affection, and are truly mistreated. I have a puppy mill rescue survivor. She is 5 yrs. old and was used for breeding since her first heat. Like all puppy mills dogs she is afraid of people had open sores all over her body from flea and tick bites, open and bleeding, Help them please.

    • nhesadmin says:

      Hi Katherine,

      Thank you so much for rescuing your dog and giving her a wonderful home. Because of you, she has a second chance to live a comfortable and happy life!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chicago’s Cook County tried to close these “racketeers” about two years ago, then another judge came along and repealed it. Furry Babies at Stratford Mall in Bloomingdale, Illinois has had beautiful picketters from time to time, yet they are still in business and the prices have gone up to over $4,000. He is trying to rake in as much as he can before they close him down. It cannot be fast enough. But he will go somewhere else. Disgusting.

  3. Linda says:

    There is another on that popped up in Palatine , IL! Selling puppy mill puppies when there are so many adoptable animals in the area at reputable kennels and shelters!! Don’t just have 2 counties covered with this bill, it needs to be statewide!!! This needs to be stopped now, not in a year or 6 months or a month…NOW!!

  4. Irma Doyle says:

    I just went to a kennel in Clare IL. They wouldn’t let us go back to the kennel, they say there is too much risk to get puppies sick. Except the puppy we purchased had ear mites, was filthy, the place stunk to high heaven, now I have to take her to make sure she doesn’t have worms. Thats why they don’t let anyone back in there kennels. If this isn’t a puppy mill I don’t know what is..And another lady adopted a pup and it had kennel cough. What a filthy disgusting place. The state needs to do a surprise visit.

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