Target: Virginia General Assembly
Goal: Commend Virginia for passing pet and consumer protection legislation
Virginia’s General Assembly recently passed a bill requiring pet stores to tell consumers where their dogs came from. The law, known as Bailey’s Law, discourages puppy mills and protects consumers from receiving milled dogs with health and behavior issues. The bill is named after a one-year-old beagle, named Bailey, who is a puppy mill survivor.
Bailey’s Law requires pet shops to post information on where and by whom the dog was bred. Pet shoppers could then background check breeders to see if they have faced any charges. The law also increases the amount a pet store would pay in vet bills if the dog is a puppy mill puppy were the dog to get sick soon after its purchase.
“I think for pet shops that are ethical, and play by the rules… They’re going to be fine. It’s those folks who don’t… It’s going to be a problem,” said Senator Chap Peterson.
Laura Donahue, Virginia state director for the Humane Society of the United States said, “The passage of Bailey’s Law is a great step forward for Virginia consumers and their pets. If enacted, pet stores would be required to post information about the origin of the puppies they sell. Consumers will no longer be in the dark, and will be able to make informed purchasing decisions about the pets they are bringing into their families. This could prevent many people from unknowingly purchasing a sick puppy mill dog and suffering the heartbreak of having to bear the financial cost of acquiring a sick pet.”
The bill now goes to Governor Terry McAuilffe for his signature. Commend the Virginia State Assembly for cracking down on puppy mills and protecting dogs and customers.
Dear Virginia State Assembly,
Thank you for passing Bailey’s Law. This law protects not only dogs, but also consumers. Puppy mill puppies are often unhealthy, which leads to greater vet bills for their future owners. Requiring pet stores to list where the puppy came from will allow customers to decide whether or not a puppy came from a reputable breeder.
Labeling where dogs came from is the first step in eradicating puppy mills. When customers start to do their research and realize that the puppy did not come from a reputable place, puppy mill sales will decline. It is a small step, but an important one.
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