Target: Arizona Governor Janice K. Brewer
Goal: Prohibit the sale of animals on public streets and highways
In Arizona, inhumane and irresponsible breeders make a huge profit by selling their animals in public venues such as alleys, highways, parking lots, and street corners. These cash transactions impose no accountability on the seller’s part, so the buyer has no guarantee that the animal is in good health and no knowledge of the conditions under which they were bred. If the pet has any health issues as a result of improper breeding practices, there is little opportunity for recourse against the breeder. Thankfully, new legislation would prohibit the sale of animals on public streets and highways, protecting the animals as well as potential buyers.
The majority of these innocent cats and dogs are purchased impulsively and once their new owners realize the emotional and financial burden that a pet can impose on one’s life, the animals are often surrendered to overcrowded animal shelters where they are eventually euthanized.
Since the animals are usually not vaccinated, selling them roadside poses serious health risks. In most cases, these animals have not been spayed or neutered, which only adds to an already serious pet overpopulation problem in local communities.
By signing this petition, you will be asking Arizona government officials to support this bill and help prevent backyard breeders that do not provide humane, safe conditions to continue to breed and sell animals. You will also be protecting purchasers from unknowingly buying an unhealthy cat or dog that they cannot afford to properly take care of, saving hundreds of animals from being abandoned and eventually euthanized.
Dear Governor Brewer,
I respectfully ask you to support legislation that prohibits the sale of animals on public streets and highways. Backyard breeders and pet mill operators that sell animals on public roads and street corners are not regulated, allowing the breeders to operate with little to no accountability.
These animals have often been deprived of even the most basic and humane needs, and due to irresponsible breeding practices, many of them are afflicted with congenital diseases that can be left undetected until the animal reaches maturity. Unable to afford the costly medical treatments, owners surrender their pets to local animal shelters where they are housed in tiny cages until they are adopted or euthanized.
Please vote in favor of regulations that would ban roadside animal sales and protect pets and consumers from unscrupulous breeders.
[Your Name Here]
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