Chicago City Coun­cil can pro­tect pup­pies from phony res­cue groups

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

Thank you, Ald. Brian Hop­kins, for in­tro­duc­ing an or­di­nance to close a loop­hole in an or­di­nance on pet stores sourc­ing their pup­pies from phony res­cue groups.

Al­low­ing pet stores to sell pup­pies from com­mer­cial breed­ing fa­cil­i­ties that have been known to spread zoonotic dis­eases to hu­mans is dan­ger­ous, es­pe­cially given the cur­rent global pan­demic. In com­mer­cial breed­ing fa­cil­i­ties, dogs of­ten are kept in cramped cages with wire floors, and routine or ur­gent vet­eri­nary care is not ob­tained. The fe­males are used to con­stantly pro­duce pup­pies that are sold at un­rea­son­able prices purely for the profit of the com­mer­cial ken­nel.

We ap­plaud Chicago’s com­mit­ment to be­come more hu­mane by tight­en­ing pet store re­quire­ments to pro­mote adop­tion from le­git­i­mate shel­ters and res­cue groups. We urge the City Coun­cil to vote yes on this is­sue.

Michele Pat­ter­son, An­i­mal Well­ness Ac­tion, Puppy Mill Com­mit­tee Chair, Washington

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.