Below is the letter I wrote to my state Senator and Representative supporting the current puppy mill legislation. I blogged about this issue yesterday, so click here if you need some refreshing on the issue. PLEASE, PLEASE, send an e-mail or call today. This bill need lots of support or it will not even get a hearing! I have already received a response to my e-mail from Rep. Jim Davnie saying he will support the bill. YEAH! Thanks Rep. Davnie!!!
Click HERE, type in your address and zip code, and you will find contact information for your local legislators. You may copy and paste the letter I wrote, or write your own. However you decide to go about it is fine, but contact them today!!!!!!!!!! It only takes a few, short minutes!
Dear Senator Torres Ray (She is my Senator. Again, check to find out who yours is) -
I am writing today to ask that you support the current bill S.F. 121 (the puppy mill legislation).
Minnesota has no specific state laws that regulate
dog and cat breeders. While the licensing of certain
breeders and dealers falls under the United States
Department of Agriculture (USDA), many breeders are
not required to be licensed and aren’t inspected.
Loopholes exist and federal enforcement resources are
Many of these puppy mill animals live out their lives
in small, overcrowded wire cages while being bred
repeatedly. Their cages are usually stacked, allowing
feces and urine to fall onto the animals below.
Animals often become sick from inadequate food, water,
and veterinary care, stress, fleas, and worms. Many
have deformed paws, are severely matted, or are burned
from sitting and standing in urine and feces. These
animals are then sold to the public.
S.F. 121 closes the gap in state law by giving state
and local officials the tools they need to: (1)
license and inspect dog and cat breeders in Minnesota;
(2) make sure those breeders meet specific standards
of care; and (3) take appropriate enforcement action
to protect vulnerable dogs and cats from unscrupulous
or negligent breeders.
I thank you for your support of this
A concerned and caring citizen,
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