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I write this letter to thank you for your longstanding commitment to animal rights. I respect your prioritization of the issue. Your most outstanding philanthropy thus far involved signing the Puppy Mill Bill, which has granted local governments the right to create and enforce stricter laws regarding the sale of such animals.
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Unfortunately, right now, only 27 states and the District of Columbia have laws that pertain to the animals in pet shops. Many of these laws are still not sufficient to ensure an animal's well-being. In addition to the insufficiency of actual laws, there are different layers of local governments which enforce laws. However the coverage and scope of laws may not overlap to guarantee the greatest protection. For example, a Minnesota law only requires that an animal have a veterinary exam before it is purchased, leaving potentially sick and injured animals that are not offered for sale without veterinary care. Many state's housing requirements are so minimal that they only require enough room for an animal to turn around in its cage, but not to walk or spread its wings or stretch its legs. Deficiencies in the laws include a lack of specificity regarding the food and water requirements for specific animals, the housing requirements, and handling requirements. While many states have adopted only minimal standards of care, if any at all, they are a start. It is necessary to expand on these laws to ensure a good quality of life for the animals in pet stores. Small Pets & Animals For Sale | Small Pet Store | Petco
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Animal advocates say pet store sales fuel the puppy mill industry, where dogs are bred and raised in cramped, unhealthy and inhumane conditions. They have similar concerns about "kitten factories," which are a smaller but growing problem. Efforts to crack down on animal mills have been hindered by limited enforcement resources, so ban proponents are shifting their focus from the supply side to the demand. Far better, they say, to adopt from a local shelter or buy directly from a reputable breeder. The ordinance to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats at local pet stores will go before the city’s Law and Legislation Committee on Tuesday. Instead, stores would be able to work with local shelters and rescue groups to offer animals for adoption, which is already a common practice. A person purchasing a pedigreed animal is quite unlikely to visit the local animal shelter for his or her dog. In fact, he or she will usually work with a breeder or dealer who specializes in a certain breed. Thus, such transactions routinely come under the ambit of the UCC or applicable state laws. With the advent of technology, these pet purchasers now have the option to for the perfect pet from any location. This brave new world of pet sales is not without its dangers to purchasers, however.Few Governmental Regulations
The multibillion-dollar business of buying and selling protected wildlife is one of the largest sources of criminal earnings, behind only arms smuggling and drug trafficking.35 National Geographic says, “[W]ildlife trafficking may very well be the world’s most profitable form of illegal trade, bar none.”36 The U.S. is the main destination for exotic and endangered wild animals.37 National, state, and local governments are passing laws that prohibit the capture and sale of certain species, but most of these regulations are poorly enforced and are designed to protect humans from disease rather than ensuring that animals are handled humanely.