Target: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Goal: Applaud legislation to keep commercial breeders from selling to pet stores
Following the city of Chicago’s recent ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats, Cook County took a stand as a whole against commercial breeders. Now the state legislature is stepping up to bat, with a ban on selling commercially bred dogs in all of Illinois’s pet shops. Senator Dan Kotowski and State Representative Dan Burke recently introduced House Bill 4025 with the intention of shutting down pet stores’ dependence on puppy mills. The bill would require pet stores to sell only cats and dogs that have been acquired from animal control facilities or shelters within the state – so no commercially bred cats and dogs from out of state can be sold in Illinois pet shops, either.
Supporters of HB 4025 are hopeful that these measures will shut down sales of commercially bred pets and prevent Illinois citizens from buying sick mill dogs. It will also hopefully prevent many shelter pets from being euthanized, and encourage citizens to adopt pets who need a home. Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who helped make the Chicago ban a reality, commented in a press release on the inhumane conditions in which many puppy mills keep their animals, noting, “This legislation is about protecting not only the pets we love, but also the consumers who want to provide a loving home to an animal that needs one. I’m very proud that the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago are national leaders when it comes to humane animal laws.”
By signing this petition, you are thanking Governor Quinn for supporting this important legislation. You are encouraging him to do all he can to ensure that HB 4025 passes, in order to protect citizens and potential pets alike.
Dear Governor Quinn,
I am overjoyed by the legislation recently introduced by Senator Dan Kotowski and State Representative Dan Burke to end the sale of commercially bred cats and dogs by pet stores. House Bill 4025 represents a huge victory for the animals that are routinely kept in dirty, abusive conditions in puppy mill operations, as well as for the many animals that are put down at animal shelters because homes cannot be found for them.
Thank you for showing your support for this important bill to keep Illinois citizens, families, and pets safer. I urge you to support this bill through its passage, and to continue to set an example for other governors by making it clear that puppy mills are unwelcome in Illinois.
[Your Name Here]
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