Castro champions measure to stop the puppy mill to pet shop pipeline

SPRING FIELD – State Senator Cristina Castro (D-Elgin) passed a measure to put an end to the demand for pets from inhumane breeding farms by obliging pet shops to obtain their animals from emergency shelters.

“We have seen too many families buy pets from a pet store only to take home and find out they have a variety of health problems,” Castro said. “Too often, pet stores get their animals from intensive-breeding facilities, where animals are treated like objects rather than the living, breathing creatures that they are.”

Puppy mills are facilities that breed dogs in an intense and inhuman way. In these facilities, dogs and puppies are often kept in dirty and unsafe kennel conditions and are not receiving adequate veterinary or behavioral care. Some pet stores choose to have this type of surgery.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, only 6% of dogs and 3% of cats are bought through pet stores, which means many choose to source their pets direct from a breeder or animal shelter. The move, House Bill 1711, would put an end to pet stores that source their animals from inhumane farms by requiring them to only sell dogs and cats that have come from animal shelters.

“Reducing the demand for cheap puppies from these facilities will make it even more difficult for them to work,” Castro said. “I will continue to work to ensure that these animals, which are becoming such important parts of our families, are treated with compassion and dignity throughout their lives, starting with breeding.”

HB 1711 passed the Senate and moved to the governor’s desk.

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