Florida: Urge Your Legislators to Protect Dogs, Not the Puppy Mill Industry!
THIS ACTION IS CLOSED.
Right now in Florida, a bill is pending in the State Legislature that would stall the progress municipalities have made in protecting companion animals from the cruel conditions of the commercial pet breeding industry.
Almost 70 local governments in Florida have passed laws to ban the retail sale of puppies that come from cruel puppy mills. Dogs in puppy mills suffer immensely — they often live in barren, filthy conditions with no access to veterinary care, regular exercise, or socialization. Infection and life-long health problems are common among puppies raised in these conditions. There is no question that the commercial pet breeding industry prioritizes profit over the well-being of dogs.
In response to local governments signaling they don’t want dogs raised in cruel conditions from puppy mills to be sold in pet stores, pet store lobbyists are pressuring Florida lawmakers to pass a preemption law, blocking cities’ and counties’ right to pass retail pet sale bans.
S.B. 1698 is a dangerous preemption bill that would nullify existing puppy mill sales bans and block Florida municipalities from enacting similar laws to protect dogs in the future. This is an attack on local governments and on animal protection. Please email your state representative urging them to oppose S.B. 1698.
Today the Animal Legal Defense Fund announced a settlement agreement with the West Virginia State Police, State Trooper Seth Cook, and Colonel C.R. “Jay” Smithers, in a lawsuit filed after Tiffanie Hupp intervened when Officer Cook drew his gun and aimed it at the family dog, Buddy.July 8, 2020 Press Release
The Animal Legal Defense Fund announced that a settlement agreement has been reached with the Animal Kingdom pet store in a high-profile lawsuit over a puppy laundering scheme to unlawfully circumvent the California "retail pet sale ban" — a law that bans the sale of dogs from commercial breeders, commonly called puppy mills.June 17, 2020 Press Release
This week, the Superior Court of California in Solano County found the owner of California Carolina Dogs, a puppy mill located in Vallejo, liable for violating the Polanco-Lockyer Pet Breeder Warranty Act following a lawsuit filed by the Animal Legal Defense Fund on behalf of Caru SPCA.June 3, 2020 Press Release