Puppy Mill Faces Another Last-Minute ChallengePublication/Event date: 2010-03-11
Publication name: NewsOn6
URL for more info: http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?s=14230741
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Many thought it was over, but in fact the dog fight rages on at the state Capitol. A year after anti-puppy mill legislation was passed, a new bill is circulating that would stop the new rules from going into effect. That bill is taking the fight into the eleventh hour.
It's nick-named the "Puppy Mill Bill" because advocates hope it will force inhumane breeding operations known as puppy mills to close. It's actually called The Oklahoma Commercial Pet Breeders Act and, beyond closing down puppy mills, the law aims to reduce the pet overpopulation problem by regulating breeders.
National Puppy Mill Awareness Day video from Iowa Voters for Companion Animals website.
CALL TO ACTION!!
OPPOSE HF 431!!
A bill has been introduced which will amend Iowa Code 717A, Offenses Related to Agricultural Production. Iowa Code 717A provides protections against disruption of operations or willful destruction of property or animals at an animal facility or crop operation.
The new bill, HF 431, introduced by Rep. Annette Sweeney, amends 717A to outlaw producing, possessing or distributing undercover video and/or audio recordings of activities within an animal facility. You'll recall that Rep. Sweeney was one of the most vocal opponents to HF 2280, the Puppy Mill Bill.
Here's a sample of the kind of video that could forever be hidden from public view: Leroy and Gertrude Kruse puppy mill in Salem, Iowa. (This mill is still in operation even after multiple citations for violations to the Animal Welfare Act.)
We ask that you contact your State (not Federal) Representative and respectfully request that they OPPOSE HF 431.
Visit the Iowa Legislature website to find your Representative's contact information.
This bill could move through the Capitol very quickly. Please send a message to your Representative today.