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News and headlines for February 18 - February 24, 2023
These are some of the stories making headlines in animal protection:
Florida will ban the pet store sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats if HB 849 is passed into law. Under the proposed bill, pet stores can partner with shelters and rescue groups if they want to have animals.
The idea is not only to reduce the market for puppy-mill pets, but to encourage potential pet owners to obtain their animals from animal- and rescue shelters, which find homes for abandoned and abused pets and their offspring.
If Florida legislators pass the bill and the Governor signs it, Florida will join a handful of states and hundreds of municipalities nationwide with bans already in place.
Unfortunately, Indiana is moving in the opposite direction. The Indiana Senate passed a bill (SB 134) that would nullify local bans and prohibit other cities from passing them. Senators chose to abandon the animals to protect commercial breeders.
That is tragic as pet stores generally get their animals from Commercial Breeding Enterprises (CBEs), commonly known as ‘puppy mills.’ And CBEs engage in systematic neglect and abuse of animals, leaving severe emotional and physical scars on the victims. As a result, one in four former breeding dogs has significant health problems and is more likely to suffer from aggression. In addition, many are psychologically and emotionally shut down, compulsively staring at nothing.
Thanks to these laws in several states and hundreds of communities nationwide, the number of national breeders has declined by 30%, and “Nebraska Department of Agriculture records show that half of the state’s commercial dog and cat breeders have left the business.” But if Senate Bill 134 is ultimately signed into law, not in Indiana. Not anymore.
As more people turn to rescue and adoption and more shelters embrace progressive policies, the number of communities placing over 95% and as high as 100% of the animals is increasing.