The Illinois Senate Agriculture Committee will likely consider a bill next week that would limit pet stores to sourcing dogs and cats only from shelters and rescues that have no affiliation with breeders.
House Bill 1711 is virtually identical to a bill considered and defeated earlier this year by the Senate Agriculture Committee. However, the committee members are getting significant pressure from animal rights groups claiming that supporting this bill is a guarantee to shut down “puppy mills” across the country.
Not only is this a perjorative term, but the statement is completely false. States that have passed a retail ban immediately returned the next year with additional legislation to address the same issue – because nothing changed for the better. Instead, HB 1711 would restrict pet choice and consumer protection. It also implies that breeders should not be involved in rescue efforts. For more information and talking points, view AKC’s previous alert and visit www.akcgr.org/petchoice.
How You Can Help:
AKC thanks the many clubs that have taken the time to contact legislators on this issue. Once again, it is essential that the Senate Agriculture Committee hear from Illinois residents TODAY. Ask the committee to not support House Bill 1711.
Contact the committee members – especially if you are a constituent. Be sure to mention if you are an Illinois resident, and if you are a constituent of a committee member. They need to know that people in their district oppose this bill.
If you are a constituent, use the form provided to directly contact the committee. Otherwise use the following information:
Patrick J. Joyce, Chair (Essex)
David Koehler, Vice Chair (Peoria)
Darren Bailey, Minority Spokesperson (Louisville)
Scott M. Bennett (Urbana)
Bill Cunningham (Chicago)
Laura Ellman (Naperville)
Linda Holmes (Aurora)
Doris Turner (Springfield)
Patricia Van Pelt (Chicago)
Karina Villa (West Chicago)
Terri Bryant (Murphysboro)
Steve McClure (Jacksonville)
Brian W. Stewart (Freeport)
Jil Tracy (Quincy)
AKC Government Relations and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs and Owners continue to monitor legislation impacting Illinois dog owners. For more information, contact AKC GR at firstname.lastname@example.org.