Target: The Ohio House of Representatives
Goal: Thank Ohio for requiring all high volume dog breeders to possess a license and undergo annual inspections.
Ohio has finally joined the other 30+ states in regulating abusive puppy mills, thus ending their reputation as one of the worst states for animal abuse and cruelty with especially lenient animal protection laws. The Ohio House of Representatives recently passed a bill requiring all high volume dog breeders who produce at least nine litters a year, or sell 60 dogs, to possess a license and undergo annual inspections. The Department of Agriculture is now responsible for creating standards of care relating to housing, nutrition, grooming, exercise, and other general standards. The bill also prohibits anyone convicted of animal cruelty from obtaining a license for at least twenty years.
Puppy mills are large, commercial dog breeding facilities that mass-produce puppies to sell to the public in pet stores and over the Internet. The dogs live in filthy, immoral conditions receiving little to no exercise, human affection, or socialization. Dogs are forced to live in small, crowded cages, and many suffer from a variety of diseases and/or genetic disorders and do not receive proper medical treatment. The lack of oversight and regulation has aided in the perpetuation of puppy mills throughout the United States.
Ohio was ranked as the second worst state for the number of puppy mills, and was rated as having facilities with the worst living conditions for dogs. With the recent passing of the bill regulating high volume dog breeders, Ohio has made a huge step towards ending puppy mills and animal cruelty across the country. Applaud the Ohio House of Representatives for implementing this bill, which encourages responsible breeding, and the end of innocent animals suffering.
Dear Ohio House of Representatives,
I would like to thank you for recently passing the bill to end pet overpopulation and the suffering of dogs in puppy mills.
Ohio has been known as the second worst state for the number of puppy mills, and was rated as having the worst facilities with immoral and filthy conditions. Dogs in puppy mills live in crowed cages and receive little—if any—exercise, affection and socialization. Many dogs are born with genetic defects, while many others are often sick and do not receive proper medical treatment.
With the passing of this bill, high volume breeders now must possess a license, undergo annual inspections and sustain the high standards developed by the Department of Agriculture. The new rules and regulations implemented for high volume breeders will put an end to the cruel living conditions of dogs and puppies in puppy mills.
Thank you for taking a stand and implementing new regulations that encourage responsible breeding, and thus end the suffering of innocent animals.
[Your Name Here]
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