Tell Governor Gregoire to sign into law crucial protections against puppy mills in Washington!
5651, otherwise known as the puppy mill bill, has successfully passed
the legislature. This was possible because of the compassionate action
of many citizens who contacted their legislators about this important
bill! The bill will soon land on Governor Gregoire's desk to be signed.
If you are a Washington resident, Governor Gregoire needs to
hear that protecting dogs in our state against the cruelties of puppy
mills is important to you. Puppy mills are commercial breeding
facilities that inhumanely mass-produce puppies and sell them to
unsuspecting consumers through pet stores, want ads or over the
Contact Governor Gregoire at http://www.governor.wa.gov/contact/default.asp:
- Use her online form to fill in your personal information.
- Select "2009 Legislation" as the subject of your message.
- In the blank message box, use the bullets below to politely explain why protections against puppy mills are important to you.
SB 5651, providing basic protections against puppy mills, is important because:
- It will limit the number of
sexually intact adult dogs a person can possess to 50 and will include
basic care standards to anyone who has custody of 10 or more intact
- It provides mandatory animal welfare standards
that all pets deserve such as, access to clean food and water,
exercise, proper housing, basic veterinary care, and protection from
extreme weather conditions.
- It is currently one of the only
bills introduced this year, nation-wide, which still has a cap on the
number of animals a person can possess.
- The recent
Snohomish and Skagit County tragedy, where over 600 dogs and puppies
were rescued from horrendous puppy mills, revealed flaws in existing
state regulation and placed a huge burden on community resources.
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On behalf of animals who cannot speak for themselves, thank you!
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