Task Force Hearing Postponed

The hearing for the Task Force on Pet Shops that was scheduled for November 13, has been postponed to December 4.
It will be held at 1:00 PM, Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Room 2A.
Hearing rules still apply and are as follows:
If you would like to testify in person, please come at noon to sign up to speak. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The first hour will be reserved for any legislators or chief elected officials who wish to testify. Speakers at the hearing will be limited to three minutes of spoken testimony, after which, the members of the Task Force will have the option to ask questions.
Written testimony will be accepted, preferably e-mailed no later than the day before the hearing to CTPS@cga.ct.gov. Testimony will be accepted at the time of speaker sign-ups, however if not submitting electronically, a speaker must bring fifteen copies for the Task Force.

As always, we are working to persuade the task force to recommend legislation requiring Connecticut’s pet shops to humanely source cats and dogs only from rescues and shelters. We hope you will still be able to attend and show support!

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Details on 2 upcoming task force hearings

All are encouraged to attend, testify, and show support for legislation that would require Connecticut’s 16 15 pet shops to source their dogs and cats only from rescues and shelters  – no commercially bred animals. This is a business-friendly and humane step toward ending the operation of puppy mills for good.

Please see Puppy mills facts for more information on puppy mills, and What you can Do for additional talking points.

The first will be at 7:00PM on Wednesday, October 16th, in the Boardroom of the Fairfield Public Schools Central Office at 501 Kings Hwy East in Fairfield, CT. The second will be here in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford at 1PM on Wednesday, November 13th in room 1D. December 4 in Room 2A.

Both hearings will follow typical Public Hearing procedures which are as follows: Speakers will sign up no earlier than one hour before the hearing outside of the room. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The first hour will be reserved for any legislators or chief elected officials who wish to testify. Speakers at the hearing will be limited to three minutes of spoken testimony, after which, the members of the Task Force will have the option to ask questions.

Written testimony will be accepted, preferably e-mailed no later than the day before the hearing to CTPS@cga.ct.gov. Testimony will be accepted at the time of speaker sign-ups, however if not submitting electronically, a speaker must bring fifteen copies for the Task Force.

There is also a website for the Task Force set up, available at www.cga.ct.gov/env/CTPS/taskforce.asp

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Task Force hearing date announced

The Legislative task force to examine the source of cats and dogs sold in pet shops will hold a hearing on October 16th, 6PM at 501 Kings Hwy, Fairfield, CT 2nd floor meeting room. All are welcome to come and testify on this issue, and the meetings are open.

Pet store breeders exposed!

Thanks to the diligent work of CT Coalition Against Puppy Mills, we are able to provide a sampling of breeders used by many pet stores in Connecticut. The photos of these breeders’ dogs and the conditions they live in were taken by USDA inspectors and shine a bright light on exactly where pet store puppies come from. Take a look at our new CT Pet Stores page for the details.

Become an Alliance Member!

CT Alliance for Humane Pet shops is a network of organizations and businesses that want to see ethical business practices in our pet shops. Our primary goal is to establish state-level legislation to ensure that pet shops may only source their animals from rescues and shelters, instead of commercial breeders. Membership is open to any organization or business that is active in Connecticut, and shares belief in the Alliance’s goals. Membership is free. As a member, your organization’s name will be listed on this site, and you will be given a block of code to embed our logo on your site if you wish.

We also hope member organizations will help mobilize their members during key times of the legislative session. The more legislators hear from their constituents, the greater our chance of success! We will provide the language to use for communications.

One very effective way to communicate with lawmakers is to host an in-district meeting. During these gatherings, voters meet with their state official (s) and ask for support for an issue such as pet shop legislation. Please let us know if you are interested in helping with this type of event.

To become an Alliance member, please fill out and submit the form below. Thank you for being a part of historic change in Connecticut!