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Illinois Legislature passes pet store disclosure bill

In Animal News on May 27, 2010 at 8:22 pm

The Illinois state legislature on May 26 unanimously passed the Pet Store Disclosure Bill (H.B. 5772) into law with the efforts of Representatives Susan Mendoza (D- Chicago) and Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-Evanston).

The law requires that pet stores display pertinent information about each animal near the cages. That information includes the breeder’s name and address, a record of veterinary conditions, medical treatments performed, and any information concerning congenital defects.

Jordan Matyas, Illinois state director of the Humane Society, called the move an important step. “This law will finally give consumers the information they need to make a decision they’ll feel good about. Pet stores cannot hide if their dogs or cats came from a mill.”

Still, Matyas advises that consumers ask questions and do significant research. “This is a good starting point for consumers,” he says. “You don’t need to buy your pet that day. You can go home and research the breeder before you bring this pet home.”

The passage of this bill is only one of many efforts to stop puppy and kitten mills. A number of cities around the United States, including ones in California and Florida, have already banned the sale of all dogs and cats in pet stores, and a similar national effort is underway.

Tomorrow, May 28, the Humane Society will hold a press conference with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin announcing the introduction of the PUPS Act (Puppy Uniform Protection Statute), which would close a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act that does not subject breeders that sell online and directly to the public to licensing, regulation, and inspection. Other states will introduce companion bills within the next few days.

Read more on the Humane Society’s efforts to stop puppy mills at HumaneSociety.org/PuppyMills. –Brendan Quealy

Ask Congress to Make Pet Stores Transparent in Illinois

In Animal News on March 18, 2010 at 9:16 pm

The Illinois Pet Disclosure Bills, SB 3594 and HB 5772, urgently need your support.

Please do your part to keep pet stores in Illinois accountable by contacting the following congress people, giving your name and city, and expressing your support for the Pet Disclosure Bill:

Representative Brandon W. Phelps (D), 118th District: (217) 782-5131

Representative Patrick J. Verschoore (D), 72nd District: (217) 782-5970

Representative Jim Sacia (R), 89th District: (217) 782-8186

Representative John D. Cavaletto (R), 107th District: (217) 782-0066

Representative Shane Cultra (R), 105th District: (217) 558-1039

Representative Lisa M. Dugan (D), 79th District: (217) 782-5981

Representative Robert F. Flider (D), 101st District: (217) 782-8398, r@repflider.com

Representative Mary E. Flowers (D), 31st District: (217) 782-4207, e@ilga.gov

Representative Julie Hamos (D), 18th District: (217) 782-8052

Representative Donald L. Moffitt (R), 74th District: (217) 782-8032, t@grics.net

Representative Richard P. Myers (R), 94th District: (217) 782-0416, s@macomb.com

Representative David Reis (R), 108th District: (217) 782-2087, d@davidreis.org

Representative Dan Reitz (D), 116th District: (217) 782-1018, z@egyptian.net

Susana A. Mendoza (D), 1st District: (217) 782-7752, staterepmendoza@gmail.com

Chloe’s Bill to target puppy mills in Illinois

In Animal News on January 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Illinois State Rep. John Fritchey (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Mount Prospect) have proposed a law targeting puppy mills in the Land of Lincoln. Named Chloe’s Bill after a dog rescued from a puppy mill in downstate Macon County, the legislation is designed to allow potential guardians to distinguish between puppies who come from caring breeders and those reared in puppy mills.

If passed, the bill would specifically 1) prevent breeders from having more than 20 unaltered dogs, 2) deny dog-breeding licenses to those who have been convicted of a felony relating to animal cruelty, 3) ban dog breeders from keeping dogs in kennels with wire flooring, 4) require breeders to maintain a certain level of heating, cooling, and ventilation, and 5) mandate pet stores and breeders to disclose a dog’s full medical history to potential guardians. Penalties for violation of these tenets would begin with fines and progress to seizure of the animals and complete closing of breeding operations.

The Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have already voiced their support for the bill.