Target: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Goal: Commend Chicago for banning the sale of animals from inhumane puppy mills in pet stores
Chicago has joined the list of prominent cities who have enacted ordinances to ban the sale of puppy mill animals in pet stores. The ordinance imposes a heavy fine on businesses who break this law, and pet stores can only sell animals that are from shelters or rescue groups. This move is meant to stop cruel and harmful puppy mill operations and help adopt out animals in shelters. Commend the city for this momentous ordinance.
Starting in March 2014, pet stores in Chicago will not be able to sell dogs, cats, or rabbits that have been obtained from large scale operations such as puppy mills. All of these animals will have to come from government pounds, rescue operations, or humane societies. Businesses who break this law could be fined $1,000 a day and if there are repeat charges, then the business will be charged with a misdemeanor. The ordinance won with a vote of 49-1 in the city council.
Puppy mills are cruel and inhumane operations, where abuse and neglect are rampant. The operations typically affect dogs, but other animals such as cats, rabbits, turtles, and even horses are also affected. The dogs are typically housed in cramped cages – sometimes with two or more animals sharing the same space – where they live in their urine and feces, and rarely get socialized or exercised. Female dogs are often bred for years, and when the puppy mill owners see no further use for the dog, the female is often abandoned or killed. Puppies and other adult dogs found in these conditions are difficult to rehabilitate because they’ve been so traumatized.
Commend the city for this powerful ordinance. It sends a message across the nation that our cats and dogs should be treated with respect and dignity, not tossed into a cage filled with their own excrement.
Dear Mayor Emanuel,
I am writing this letter to commend your city for passing an ordinance that will ban the sale of puppy mill animals in pet stores. This momentous and powerful ordinance will aid in the elimination of puppy mill operations in our country and help adopt out animals found in our shelters.
I realize that there are obstacles and objections to this new law. I know that pet stores will have to convince the public that it might be best to get an adult dog instead of a well bred puppy, but I hope these new owners realize that they are giving dogs who has suffered for most of their lives a new, loving home. I am forever grateful that your city is doing its best to abolish puppy mills and give shelter pets a home.
[Your Name Here]
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