Feb 21, 2014
08:06 AM
Connecticut Today

Banning Sale of Puppy Mill Animals in Connecticut: Activists Maintain Pressure

 
Banning Sale of Puppy Mill Animals in Connecticut: Activists Maintain Pressure

A photo from the ASPCA website.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is keeping up the pressure on Connecticut lawmakers to change the laws on the sale of animals as a way to end “the inhumane treatment of dogs and cats in breeding facilities that supply animals to Connecticut’s pet shops.”

The quote is from an ASPCA post urging animal lovers to attend Voices for Animals Day today (Feb. 21) at the state Capitol.

In the 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. event, ASPCA is bringing “a crew of local, adoptable animals, and fellow Constitution State animal lovers” to Hartford for the “opportunity to talk with state lawmakers, in person, about issues impacting animals in Connecticut.”

"Our conversations will focus on one issue critically impacting Connecticut’s companion animals: the inhumane treatment of dogs and cats in breeding facilities that supply animals to Connecticut’s pet shops," ASPCA says.

ASPCA called out its forces last Dec. 4, for the second of two hearings scheduled by a legislative task force on the origins of cats and dogs sold in pet shops, saying, "The task force is charged with making recommendations to the Legislature regarding the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops, and in particular, whether Connecticut pet shops should be allowed to continue to sell puppy mill dogs."

In the end, at the end of January, the task force settled on a compromise that would prohibit the sale of “puppy mill” animals in new Connecticut pet shops. New shops would only be allowed to sell animals from that have been rescued or come from humane sources such as animal shelters.

The proposed legislation went to the General Assembly’s Enviroment Committee.

--Douglas P. Clement

Banning Sale of Puppy Mill Animals in Connecticut: Activists Maintain Pressure

Reader Comments

comments powered by Disqus