Urge Florida Senators to Say “No” to Puppy Mills
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UPDATE: Great news! Thanks to you and other compassionate Florida residents, cities and counties in Florida will continue to have the ability to pass laws prohibiting the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores. The dangerous language in the tax bill, HB 7087, was removed prior to the bill becoming final.
Dozens of Florida cities and counties have enacted laws prohibiting the sale of companion animals in pet stores. Because virtually all puppies sold in stores come from puppy mills, these laws are a powerful way to take a stand against this cruel industry.
Pet stores that sell puppies know that public sentiment is turning against them, and they’re desperate to protect their profits. Language snuck into H.B. 7087, a tax bill, would strip Florida cities and counties of the ability to ban the sale of puppies in pet stores, and would void the existing bans in municipalities across the state.
Please take a few minutes today to call your senator and politely urge him or her to reject this language in H.B. 7087. You can find your senator and his or her contact information by clicking here.
Here’s a sample message to share with your senator:
“I am ____ (name of legislator)’s constituent. I care deeply about shutting down puppy mills, and the vast majority of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. I urge you to reject the language in H.B. 7087 that would preempt Florida municipalities from passing laws that prohibit the sale of puppies in pet stores and void the bans already effect in 58 municipalities across the state”
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