Target: Dannel Malloy, Governor of Connecticut
Goal: Approve anti-cruelty standards for pet breeders
New requirements for the sale of pets were recently approved by Connecticut’s senate. The bill, which passed without opposition, seeks to eliminate cruel puppy mills by setting standards to improve the living conditions and quality of life of pets sold in the state. Now, the bill requires approval from Connecticut’s House of Representatives and Governor before becoming law.
Puppy mills are cruel pet breeding facilities where dogs, cats, and other household pets are exploited for maximum profit. They are characterized by filthy, cramped conditions as well as sub-standard care and treatment. Mother cats and dogs are continually force-bred, resulting in depletion of bodily minerals and weakness. Young pets are taken from their mothers early, and often suffer behavioral and health issues.
If the bill is passed, breeders will require a license from the United States Department of Agriculture in order to legally sell pets in the state. All pet stores will be required to post the USDA inspection reports of all their pet breeders. The bill will also require the state’s agriculture minister to devise state standards for compassionate treatment of pets, as well as enable a state body to ensure compliance. Finally, the bill will raise the amount of money that pet owners can seek from vendors if they are sold an ill or unhealthy pet.
The new bill would ensure the accountability of pet breeders as well as pet stores. It has the power to improve the quality of life of thousands of pets in the state while simultaneously putting cruel breeders out of business. Your signature will encourage Connecticut’s governor to back the bill.
Dear Governor Dannel Malloy,
Recently, the senate of Connecticut passed a bill that would introduce new requirements for all pet breeders and sellers in the state. It would require all vendors to have a breeding license from the USDA, and require stores to post the inspection records of their breeders. It would enable a review of current animal welfare standards by the minister of agriculture, as well as increase the amount that vendors can be required to pay for selling sick or unhealthy pets.
If passed, this bill would improve the conditions and quality of life for many thousands of pets in breeding kennels by ensuring that breeders and vendors are held accountable for the condition of pets within their care. I ask that you support this bill in order to ensure compassionate treatment for Connecticut’s pets.
[Your Name Here]
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