Target: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Goal: Thank Governor Dayton for signing legislation cracking down on puppy and kitten mills
Minnesota governor Mark Dayton recently signed a bill that will crack down on puppy and kitten mills in the state. The Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Law will provide protection for dogs and cats in Minnesota commercial breeding facilities through licensing facilities that sell animals, giving legal authority for the Minnesota Board of Animal Health to inspect these facilities and imposes civil, administrative, and criminal penalties on those who break the law. An earlier ForceChange petition advocated for the passage of this type of legislation in Minnesota.
Howard Goldman, the Minnesota state director for The Humane Society of the United States, said, “The Cat and Dog Breeder Regulation Law is a huge step forward. Minnesota is home to some of the largest puppy mills in the country. Several of these completely unregulated facilities were cited in our recently released ’101 Puppy Mills’ report. Now law enforcement officers will have the tools they need to stop the abuse at these facilities before it rises to the level of animal cruelty.”
This new law also says the facilities must keep identifying and medical records on each animal, must develop a written veterinary protocol for disease control, prevention, and euthanasia, and all animals sold must have a veterinary health certificate completed by a licensed veterinarian no more than 30 days before sale. Animals must also get twice daily enrichment and positive contact with humans and other animals and the facility must staff enough employees to monitor the animals’ health and well-being, as well as to keep the facility clean. Finally, the new law says that puppies and kittens may not be sold, traded, or given away before eight weeks of age.
Within one year, the Board of Animal Health will be required to annually inspect registered breeders and any new breeders who set up facilities covered under the law. The Board of Animal Health will then license these breeders that are in compliance with the law. Any operator who has been convicted of animal cruelty will be prohibited from obtaining a state license.
Minnesotans have worked hard to pass laws like this one. Thank Minnesotans and Governor Dayton for cracking down on puppy and kitten mills and improving animal welfare in Minnesota.
Dear Governor Dayton,
Thank you for signing the bill to crack down on puppy and kitten mills in Minnesota. Puppy and kitten mills often keep animals in deplorable conditions where animals become sick or even die. Some of these animals are passed on to their new owners, who must foot the bill for a sick puppy or kitten by no fault of their own. Licensing breeders, which this new law will do, will drastically cut down on the number of puppy and kitten mills in Minnesota.
Thank you for looking out for animals. Licensing breeder means the animals bred in these facilities are much more likely to be healthy, happy pets instead of miserable, sickly animals who live their entire lives in a cage.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Maxo via Wikimedia Commons