Target: Governor Andrew Cuomo
Goal: Stop puppy mills from exploiting innocent dogs
New York City council members are considering a bill that would ban the sale of dogs from abusive and neglectful puppy mills. The bill would be another step in the right direction for shutting down puppy mills across the nation.
Council members Elizabeth Crowley and Corey Johnson proposed the anti puppy mill legislation that would protect dogs, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Pet shops would be forbidden from buying animals from mills, many of which have a long history of brutal neglect. Pet shops would also be required to sterilize, microchip, and register animals prior to selling them.
Owners who purchase from pet stores often have no idea where their pet came from, nor are they aware of the unbelievable conditions in which its mother lives. It is all too common for pet owners to bring puppies home only to find a variety of maladies that rack up huge veterinary bills.
California has already passed legislation to phase out puppy mills, and other states are gradually jumping on the bandwagon. Voice your support to shut down puppy mills in New York and the rest of the country.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
Amongst the 30,264 dogs and cats taken in at the Animal Care & Control of New York, only 1,528 were returned to owners. While January’s legislation to give local municipalities power over pet sales was helpful, animals are still suffering.
Overpopulation is not only an issue in New York, but the entire nation. Thus it is clear that widespread changes are needed. A system must be put in place in order to stabilize the stray dog and cat population. Currently, there is no such system in the US, and animal caretakers are incapacitated.
The sale of dogs from puppy mills compounds the overpopulation issue, creating thousands more homeless animals just for the sake of breeder profits. To make matters worse, these dogs usually come from puppy mills that break countless laws and continue to operate unscathed. Pet owners who buy from pet shops bring home sick puppies without any knowledge of their condition, which is often passed off as healthy.
The way in which animals are commodified has caused massive problems that are now catching up with us. Shelters, rescues, and adopters are simply unable to keep up with the number of strays, lost pets, and new litters. Please restrict the sale of animals from puppy mills to New York pet shops.
[Your Name Here]
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