http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2009/12/WI_signs_puppy_mill_bill_120109.html - 12.01.09 | Issues: Puppy Mills
The Humane Society of the United States applauds Gov. Jim Doyle and the Wisconsin state legislature for enacting an important law to regulate large scale puppy producing operations, known as puppy mills. These breeding facilities are a growing national concern, and Wisconsin joins nine other states with new laws this year to protect both the dogs in puppy mills and the consumers who often unwittingly purchase sick puppies.
"This is a great day for dogs in Wisconsin," said Alyson Bodai, Wisconsin state director for the Humane Society of the United States. "In the several states that do not regulate puppy mills, dogs are left to suffer without any real hope of intervention. Thanks to the determined efforts of Representative Jeff Smith and Senator Pat Kreitlow, our state's dogs will be protected from the worst abuses at puppy mills."
The Wisconsin Commercial Dog Breeders Licensure Bill - introduced by Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, and Sen. Pat Kreitlow, D-Chippewa Falls, and supported by The HSUS, the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, the Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies and the Wisconsin Humane Society - requires large commercial breeders and animal shelters to be licensed by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. The bill sets minimum standards of basic humane care and provides for regular inspections to ensure compliance. The measure targets only large-scale facilities and does not apply to small breeders who sell fewer than 25 dogs in a year.
Announcement of the bill's signing comes during The Humane Society of the United States' third annual Puppy Mill Action Week, which is devoted to educating the public during the busy holiday puppy buying season on how to find a new best friend without supporting the abusive puppy mill industry. Puppy Mill Action Week runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 6.
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