The truth about the origins of CT’s pet shop puppies…

Have you read this report on CT’s pet shops?

Carefully researched over several years from CT Dept of Ag records, in painstaking detail, with photos, and quotes from USDA inspectors, this factual compendium proves that nearly all CT pet store puppies come from puppy millsClick here to read.
Some lawmakers feel pet shops simply need to eliminate a “few bad apples” from their supply chain and that will fix everything. But this report clearly proves we have a fully rotten industry with pet shops as complicit partners in cruelty.

Please review this report and learn the truth. Then contact your State legislators and be sure they understand that allowing pet shops to sell dogs from commercial breeders means we are supporting animal cruelty, and that is unacceptable. Please visit http://bit.ly/1dvLh8T for instructions on writing your message.

Thank you for speaking for puppy mill dogs.

Now is the time to contact your elected officials

Victory for puppy mill dogs is within reach, but only you can make it happen.

During the past year, animal advocates have made great strides in exposing the truth about where pet store puppies come from, and built a solid argument in favor of humane pet shops.

 

But no matter how strong our argument is, the single biggest factor in our success is the number of phone calls and emails lawmakers receive from all of you.
 
Many lawmakers are hesitant to pass legislation that may hurt a small business, and they claim they do not hear from enough animal advocates. It is up to you to remind them that these pet shop businesses are founded on cruelty, that there are well over hundred other pet businesses in CT that do not sell commercially bred animals, and that as a voter, you believe pet shops should be required to upgrade their business to a humane model.

 

Unless your elected officials hear from you this week, this legislation may not get proposed in the form we would like. Please email or call your State Representative and State Senator, you can find their contact information here:
http://cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CGAFindLeg.asp  Even if you have contacted them before, please do so again. You may use the language below, or, compose your own message.

 

Together, we can win this, but you must make your voice heard!

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[SAMPLE MESSAGE]

 

Dear Rep. or Sen. _________
As your constituent, I am writing to ask for your support for 2014 legislation to stop the sale of puppy mill dogs in Connecticut’s pet shops.
I believe CT should require its puppy-selling pet shops to stop selling commercially-bred cats and dogs and instead upgrade their business model. More than 115 other CT pet stores have built strong businesses by partnering with pet adoption organizations, stocking pet food and supplies, offering training and grooming, and more.
Please consider the following facts:
  • CT’s pet shops have built a business on cruelty. Researched testimony submitted to the Task Force on this topic indicates that fully 70% of the USDA-licensed breeders used by CT’s pet shops in 2012 have documented violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act. The full report on the origins of CT’s pet shop puppies is available online here, and includes photos and quotes from USDA inspectors that are chillingly cruel.
  • Even the breeders without USDA violations need only meet a minimum set of standards that are woefully inadequate. A representative of the ASPCA prepared a summary of the regulations within the AWA that essentially allow for federally-sanctioned cruelty, including wire floors, lack of bedding, and dangerously non-specific veterinary care requirements. This means that a “clean” report from the USDA in no way indicates a humane, healthy breeding environment. 
  • The CT Alliance for Humane Pet Shops counts 75 business and organizations who believe CT can do better. These members (listed on the right side of the Web page)  represent nearly all major animal welfare organizations in Connecticut, and many caring merchants who believe in ethically-run businesses. They believe the time has come for Connecticut to take a stand against puppy mills and they fully support legislation to stop the sale of commercially-bred dogs and cats in CT pet stores.
In Connecticut, we have an obligation to cease doing business with the rampant cruelty in the commercial breeding industry. Instead, we should support the local business of responsible home breeders, shelters, and rescue organizations.

Again, I thank you for your service in the legislature, and hope you will  support Humane Pet Shop legislation.

Sincerely,

[Name]

[Town of residence]

Task Force Meetings Update

The state legislative task force is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 14 at 10:30, and on Thursday, January 23 at noon to discuss testimony and prepare its report. Meetings are open to the public, and will be held at the Legislative Office building in Hartford in room 2D. They may also be broadcast on CT-N http://ct-n.com/

 

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!