Target: Minnesota Legislators
Goal: Pass the state’s first puppy and kitten mill law to increase regulations for commercial breeding facilities.
The state of Minnesota currently has no laws to license or inspect dogs and cats in commercial breeding facilities. These breeding facilities are commonly known as puppy and kitten mills. In the absence of strict regulation, animals at these facilities are often abused, mistreated, and neglected. The state government is proposing a bill to regulate commercial dog and cat breeders in efforts to minimize and prevent cruelty actions. Urge state legislators to take a stand against animal cruelty and pass this bill.
The proposed bill will create a licensing program, requiring breeding facilities to pass annual inspections and comply with minimum standards of care for dogs and cats. Pet breeders will be required to pay a $250 yearly license fee and those who do not comply will have their licenses revoked and operations seized. In the past several years, more and more animals coming out of breeding facilities have shown signs of neglect, with symptoms ranging from skin infections to behavioral issues and respiratory diseases. The inherent nature of puppy and kitten mills is cruel. Animals are kept in cages all day and forced to breed. These animals are typically confined in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without enough food, water, or socialization. In addition, puppy and kitten mill operators do not provide basic healthcare to the animals in efforts to maximize profit and reduce their own costs. The puppies and kittens produced in these breeding facilities are often poorly socialized and unhealthy.
Puppy and kitten mills in Minnesota need to be regulated in order to prevent and eliminate animal cruelty practices. The proposed bill would ensure that puppies and kittens are coming out of safe, ethical, and healthy breeding centers. Sign the petition below to urge Minnesota legislators to pass this bill.
Dear Minnesota Legislators,
It is astounding to me that Minnesota currently does not have any laws that license or inspect animals in commercial breeding facilities. This loophole allows many animal breeders to neglect their animals, in attempts to maximize their profit. As you may know, the state government is proposing a bill to regulate commercial dog and cat breeders. I would like to encourage you to support this bill and help end animal cruelty.
Many commercial breeding facilities, also commonly known as puppy and kitten mills, mistreat their dogs and cats. Animals are confined in overcrowded and unsanitary cages all day, and forced to breed. These dogs and cats do not receive proper food, water, socialization, and veterinary care. The proposed legislation would aim to prevent this cruelty. If passed, the bill would require breeding facilities to pass annual inspections and comply with minimum standards of care for dogs and cats. Pet breeders will also be required to pay a $250 yearly license fee. Those who do not comply will have their licenses revoked and operations seized.
The proposed bill would ensure that puppies and kittens are coming out of humane, ethical, and healthy breeding centers. Animal cruelty in Minnesota must be stopped. Please support this bill and prevent future instances of animal cruelty at puppy and kitten mills from occurring.
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