Target: Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois
Goal: Support states that protect consumers from buying sick pets and encourage other states to follow suit
For animal lovers, few things are worse than a new pet dying just a few days after buying it from a seemingly-responsible pet store. Fortunately, many states are now passing laws that will hold pet stores accountable for selling sick pets to trusting consumers. The state of Illinois just recently passed a “pet lemon” law, making it the 21st state to protect consumers from unknowingly buying sick pets.
Puppies in pet stores are most often sick because they come from large commercial breeding facilities and puppy mills that have unsanitary, overcrowded, and inhumane conditions. A recent Humane Society report uncovered dozens of puppy mills in the Chicago area, making this incredibly important legislation for the state of Illinois. To learn more about similar consumer protection laws in other states, check out the American Veterinary Medical Foundation website.
Under this law, consumers are able to receive reimbursement for veterinary costs for twenty-one days if the new pet was sick at the time of sale. If new pets have significant genetic conditions, consumers have one year to receive reimbursement for relevant veterinary bills. Pet stores are required to report outbreaks of disease to both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and all consumers who bought a pet from the store in the weeks preceding an outbreak. Sign the below petition to show your support for states that have adopted “pet lemon” laws and encourage other states to follow suit.
Dear Governor Quinn,
Thank you for joining the other twenty states that have “pet lemon” laws and showing your support for consumers and pet owners in Illinois. By holding pet stores responsible for sick pets, you are letting puppy mill operators know that there is no market for their inhumane business.
I am urging you to become a passionate advocate for pet health in Illinois and around the country. Please use your influence to show other state governors how consumer protection and animal health is in the best interests of all involved parties. The amount of time to make a claim and the remedies for violations varies from state to state, but the basic principles of protection must remain constant and be enforced. With your help, we can begin to put puppy mills out of business and take better care of our favorite companions.
[Your Name Here]
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