About a month ago we gave serious praise to Freeport State Representative Andrew Chesney for passing the Illinois House Bill 1711 (HB-1711), also known as the Anti Puppy Mill Bill.
At the time of our interview with Rep. Chesney, he told me that he was inspired by his wife and a dog they bought to help fund the bill.
The representative Chesney told me they didn’t even know about the background of their beloved dog’s puppy mill, but later illnesses and other health issues were a constant concern, which led Chesney to look further into puppy mills.
And obviously he didn’t like what he was seeing and learning how puppy mills do what they do.
Perhaps you’ve heard the term before, but weren’t entirely sure what a puppy mill is. This is how the American Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA) defines puppy mills:
A puppy mill is a “large commercial dog breeding business where profit takes precedence over the welfare of the dogs”. Puppies born in a puppy mill are often sold to brokers and / or retailers at 8 weeks of age who then sell the puppies to the consumer. Some puppy factories sell direct to the public through websites, newspaper ads, or at flea markets.
The ASPCA goes on to say that the pet trade does not want to show you where their puppies are from because in order to make money or “make a profit” they have to compromise, resulting in poor grooming of the puppies.
Now on Governor Pritzker’s desk is a bipartisan law to end the influence of puppy factories in Illinois, due to come into effect. The law won’t stop puppy factories as a whole, but it will ban pet stores across the state from selling dogs from commercial breeding facilities.
Under the new law, pet stores will only be allowed to sell dogs or cats that have come from animal control facilities and shelters that meet Illinois animal welfare regulations.
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To prepare for a possible incident, always have your veterinarian’s phone number ready, along with an out-of-hours office hour to call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline that you can call (888) 426-4435 for advice.
However, despite all of these resources, the best cure for food poisoning is to prevent it in the first place. To give you an idea of which foods can be dangerous to humans, Stacker has put together a slideshow of 30 common foods you should avoid. See if there is anything that surprises you.