Do Not Overturn Local Laws Banning Sales from Puppy Mills

Target: Rick Scott, Governor of Florida

Goal: Do not approve any law that would make so-called “puppy mill bans” illegal.

Cities and towns in Florida may soon be unable to place bans on selling dogs from breeders at pet stores and other locations if some Florida lawmakers have their way. According to the newly proposed laws, no store could be prevented from selling any dog from breeders licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As if this wasn’t bad enough, under the Trump Administration, transparency at the USDA has been greatly reduced, making it far more difficult to determine whether or not a breeder has violated animal welfare laws now or in the past.

If passed, the newly proposed law could prevent local authorities in towns or cities across the state from enforcing so-called “puppy mill bans,” prohibiting the sale of dogs from breeders and requiring that stores only sell pets from shelters and rescue organizations. These laws are intended to put unscrupulous breeders who mistreat and neglect their animals for profit out of business, while helping to address the issue of overcrowded animal shelters across the state.

At a time when telling ‘good’ breeders from bad has become increasingly difficult, now is not the time to overturn bans intended to shut down puppy mills. Sign this petition to demand that the governor of Florida reject any law that would put even more dogs’ lives at risk.


Dear Governor Scott,

The state of Florida is considering new legislation that would prevent local ordinances from banning the sale of dogs from any USDA-licensed breeder. At a time when the federal government and the USDA are making it increasingly difficult to determine if breeders are violating animal welfare laws, this is a dangerous proposition that will likely only encourage the sale of dogs from so-called puppy mills.

Florida must not support unethical breeders who confine dogs to tiny cages or deny them their basic needs for affection and socialization, especially when so many dogs and cats at overcrowded animal shelters are in need of good homes. That is why I am urging you to reject any law that would prevent cities or towns from enacting their own bans on selling animals from potential puppy mills.


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  1. Frank Moore says:

    You want to decrease crime domestic violence dog fightind and drug abuse the STOP the breeding of animals. All puppy mills are rife withcriminal activity. The FBI did a study and determined that puppy mills are a hotbed for domestic violence drug abuse and sale, and animal abuse and torture. When living creatures and greed intersect crime violence stupidity and cruelty run rampant.

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    I couldn’t have said it better than Frank Moore. I agree.

  3. Puppy mills just like any form of animal abuse such as factory farming, fur/leather farming, animal experimentation, glue traps, animal circuses don’t have a place in society, end this!

  4. Fucken grow some balls and ban it that’s it. Agree to all comments

  5. This is such a no brainer, as “good” breeders do NOT sell their puppies to pet stores, they sell them privately, and that is how it SHOULD be done! “Pet” stores are the perfect place for shelter animals, MANY of which ARE purebred, to gain more exposure from a public not always keen on visiting what can be a depressing shelter environment, greatly increasing the odds of successful adoptions, it’s so simple!!

  6. Stand up for the voiceless and innocents who need your help. Deny any law that seeks to lighten the pain and suffering of helpless animals. Human greed at the risk of a decent life for the animals is an abomination. Do your best to ensure that fairness to the animals is done. 7

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