Puppy Mill Bills to Merge
03/07/2009 09:54:32 AM
by Mike Fry
After much discussion, debate and compromise among various groups working on different puppy mill bills in the state of Minnesota, an agreement has been reached that will, in effect, merge these various bills into a single set of stronger, unified bills. The new language is the result of a great deal of work by a variety of stake-holders, including animal welfare advocates, veterinarians, and breeders of all different sizes.
This new language will allow the State to regulate commercial dog and cat breeders for the first time, helping to ensure they comply with Minnesota's cruelty statues. If this new language becomes law, it will also direct financial resources to local units of government in order to better enforce animal cruelty laws at these facilities.
Those of us who worked on this language were careful to ensure it would be budget-neutral, generating all of the funds needed to administer the program. Additionally, we were careful to include language that would provide protection for small, hobby breeders and other hobbyists, like dog-sledders.
How You Can Help:
Ask Your Senator and Representative to Support the Senate File 7 and House File 253, including the new language
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