Have you read this report on CT’s pet shops?
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.
Victory for puppy mill dogs is within reach, but only you can make it happen.
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.
- 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.
Again, I thank you for your service in the legislature, and hope you will support Humane Pet Shop legislation.
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Happy New Year! January will be very busy for the Alliance. The Task Force will meet on January 8 and 14 to discuss testimony and prepare a report. Please check back for updates about the results. Both of these meetings are open to the public, and will be held at 10:30, at the Legislative Office building in Hartford in room 2D. They may also be broadcast on CT-N http://ct-n.com/
This fall has been an incredibly busy season, but we are pleased to report that we have made significant progress toward stopping the sale of puppy mill dogs in Connecticut’s pet shops! Here is a summary of our accomplishments so far:
State Task Force hearings
The state task force held two hearings, one in October, one in early December. We are so thankful to everyone who submitted letters, or came in person to show support at these hearings.
News and media coverage
CT Alliance for Humane Pet Shops still growing
It’s time to start the conversation with your elected lawmakers
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!
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.
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
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.
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.