Former Illinois governor Pat Quinn served as a public servant for more than 30 years. In his tenure, he delivered education reform, abolished the death penalty in Illinois, improved nursing-home conditions for the elderly, legalized civil unions, walked across the state in support of decent health care for all citizens, proposed historic tax reform for working families, and prioritized animal welfare.
In 2014, he supported legislation to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs who come from commercial breeders known as “puppy mills”—large facilities that mass-produce animals for sale. A big proponent of the “adopt, don’t shop” campaign, he adopted a Yorkshire terrier mix named Rosie from the humane organization Pets Are Worth Saving.
Last year, he strengthened the Animal Welfare Act by increasing fines for violators and formed the Illinois Pet Advocacy Task Force. The task force seeks to study issues of animal cruelty, neglect, and abuse, and to make recommendations to ensure proper treatment of companion animals in Illinois.
In 2013, Pat Quinn signed new laws to ensure all dogs in Illinois are treated humanely when tethered outdoors and to provide humane options for stray farmed animals, including adoption or placement in a reputable sanctuary. A big proponent of the “adopt, don’t shop” campaign, he adopted a Yorkshire Terrier mix named Rosie from the humane organization Pets Are Worth Saving.
Through his leadership, Illinois remained #1 in the nation for animal protection laws for more than seven years according to ALDF’s rankings report of state animal protection laws.