Please help us fight puppy mills!
The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) strongly opposes HB 5916 and HB 5917 and has been fighting them with your help since they were introduced in May 2018. These bills prevent local units of government from regulating pet stores and would impose state-wide rules that would apply to all pet shops regarding the sale of puppies from wholesale commercial breeding operations (puppy mills). Unfortunately, those state-wide rules rely on the USDA licensure and regulation process, which is very lax. The USDA has been criticized by Congress for doing a poor job, and since then, they’ve done even less to enforce rules intended to protect dogs in puppy mills.
Puppy mill puppies often suffer from illnesses, parasites, and behavioral and genetic problems, and they are sold to unsuspecting members of the public through pet shops. Some of these diseases can be transmitted to humans, and there have been many cases of people getting sick, such as the recent case of a man who bought a puppy from a pet shop and contracted campylobacter (a gastrointestinal bacterial infection) from the puppy. Dogs used for breeding in puppy mills are forced to live in unsanitary, cramped enclosures; are deprived of exercise; and are not given veterinary care and fresh food and water.
With your help, we were able to stall these bills for months. Unfortunately, the bills have now passed the House, and they are on their way to the Senate. We are asking you to speak up for dogs suffering in puppy mills by asking your Senator and members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to vote NO on HB 5916 and HB 5917. In the absence of effective federal oversight, it is best for local units of government to be able to regulate pet shops and stop the sale of puppies from wholesalers.
These bills could be heard in the Senate Agriculture Committee as soon as Thursday, December 6! Please contact your Senator TODAY
and ask him or her to vote NO
on HB 5916 and HB 5917!
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