ATTENTION IOWANS!! The 2010 puppy mill bill is coming up soon, read on to see why it affects you, your pets, and our state.
About the bill:
By passing this bill, further investigation would be allowed for breeders who have received complaints about the condition of their kennels or dogs. It will also allow for crack down on breeders who have been avoiding charging a sales tax on their puppies- a loophole that if tightened could bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue to the state. The great thing about this bill for taxpayers is that it is a neutral cost bill and won't cost taxpayers a penny! Experts say this is the key to the bill successfully passing. Instead, these fees would be passed along to breeders, who would be required to pay an annual fee to cover the costs of the inspections.
Why it matters:
Iowa is #3 on the list of states with puppy mills- with an estimated 400 puppy mills hidden throughout the state. While federal regulations are in place, tighter state regulations will bring better results for abused and neglected animals, due to the proximity of the investigation to the breeders location allowing for repeat visits to check up on animals and create some accountability on the parts of the breeder. This means breeders will no longer just get a slap on the hand for mistreatment of animals, but that there will be some legal clout to answer to as well. Talk about a well needed score for the animals!
How you can help:
1. Contact your local senators and representatives TODAY and let them know you support them voting in favor of passing this bill.(email addresses can be found by following the link below)
2. Don't buy from a breeder. Choose adoption instead. If you have your heart set on a certain breed look for a rescue group online dedicated to that breed, or check out www.petfinder.com where you can search for pets available for adoption by breed, size, age, gender, and location.
3. NEVER buy from a pet store. Upwards of 95% of pet store puppies can be traced back to a puppy mill.
4. Spread the word to friends, family and other animal lovers. Ask them to do the same.
For more information, photos, and maps of known puppy mill locations in Iowa please visit Iowa Voters for Companion Animals website.
Please be sure to voice your opinion on this important topic and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.