Target: Minnesota House Speaker Paul Thissen
Goal: Demand government regulation of Minnesota dog and cat breeders
Minnesota currently has no state laws regulating dog and cat breeding facilities, known as kitten and puppy mills. Because inhumane breeders are not being held accountable there is great potential for substandard and negligent facilities within the state. Legislators have proposed a bill that would place basic regulations on commercial breeding and end the suffering at these mills; this has happened before in recent years, but no such law has yet been passed.
Kitten and puppy mills are “factory farms” for dogs and cats. The animals are forced to live in small cages that are often only a few inches larger on all sides than the animal itself. Females are bred as much as possible and are discarded by breeders once they are unable to “produce” more litters, according to the Best Friends Animal Society. Due to poor breeding practices and unsanitary living conditions many puppies and kittens become sick or are born with hereditary defects or deformities. Most of the puppies and kittens that come from mills are sold in pet stores, online and through classified ads.
The proposed bill would “improve the health and safety of dogs and cats in Minnesota’s high-volume breeding facilities through reasonable and basic provisions,” according to Best Friends. It would require breeders to be licensed, give the Minnesota Board of Animal Health the authority to inspect breeding facilities and enforce existing state laws about animal care standards, and impose penalties for anyone who violates the laws. Demand government regulations be placed on breeders and end the suffering of countless animals at kitten and puppy mills.
Dear Rep. Thissen,
As you may know there are currently no commercial breeding regulations in Minnesota. Because breeders are not being held accountable numerous unsanitary and negligent kitten and puppy mills have been created in the state to mass-produce animals for sale.
Animals at mills are forced to live in small cages in often filthy conditions, and females are bred as often as possible and then discarded when they are no longer useful for the purpose. Many animals at mills are born with hereditary defects or deformities or else become sick due to improper breeding practices.
The Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.F. 3172) would require breeders to be licensed, give the Minnesota Board of Animal Health the authority to inspect breeding facilities and enforce existing state laws about animal care standards, and impose penalties for anyone who violates the laws. I urge you to place government regulations on commercial breeders and end the suffering of countless animals at inhumane kitten and puppy mills by supporting H.F. 3172.
[Your Name Here]
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