Governor Pritzker signs State Representative Chesney’s Puppy Mill Ban Bill
FREEPORT, Ill. (WIFR) – A bill drafted by State Representative Andrew Chesney (R-Freeport) to ban pet stores from selling puppy mills was signed by Governor Pritzker on Friday.
Representative Chesney passed this law to end the sale of commercially bred puppies to retailers over objections and protests from puppy mill advocates.
“One of the best ways to stop the prevalence of these puppy mills is to drastically reduce demand by ending the transfer of pets through retail outlets,” Chesney said. “These puppy mill advocates know this is their market and that is why they have protested my efforts to violate this inhumane treatment of dogs and cats.”
Under the new law, pet adoption events between retailers and shelters can continue. Those who wish to purchase a puppy can always do so from responsible breeders. Chesney says this law ends the direct sale of puppies to retailers and the abuse of puppies.
“Puppy mill advocates have partnered with pet stores in shopping malls to implement these irresponsible practices of deceiving potential pet owners with unsubstantiated guarantees that the animals are healthy, socialized and raised responsibly.” . Nothing has or could be further from the truth, ”Chesney said.
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