If you missed Steve Dale’s Pet World, listen HERE to my WGN radio show. After alerting WGN Radio newscaster Dave Schwaney about what podcasts are, and offering info on my latest, I chat about pucks and pucks with legendary NHL broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrich.
HEAR me rant about proposed Illinois bills that would prevent communities from limiting sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, and also turn back ordinances already passed in communities in Illinois, including Chicago, Waukegan, Warrenville, and Cook County. Since no responsible breeder ever sells to pet stores, these laws actually support puppy mills and give them free rein to operate in Illinois through pet stores.
If you ask the American Kennel Club, “Where’s the best place to purchase a dog?”, the answer should be a responsible breeder (assuming you want a pure bred dog). However, the AKC is also supportive of these bills, a hit to responsible breeders. So, which is it AKC?
Read the AKC explanation, and if you can make sense of it, let me know.
A Chicago Tribune editorial did an excellent job of laying out the facts, suggesting these proposed laws would put puppy mills back in business in pet stores. Yet some public officials remain supportive, despite a long list of animal welfare advocates in opposition.
However, those in support of these bills are tricky, calling themselves Illinois Pet Lover’s Association (IPLA), and, for reasons I can explain, supporters include the pet store industry and their lobby and lobbyists (lots of them and lots of money), and for reasons I cannot explain, the Illinois Veterinary Medical Association.
So, it’s understandably confusing to public officials.
Please help. It’s important that your voice is heard.
- If you live in Illinois, contact your state congressmen in the Senate and House of Representatives, and express that you care about this issue.
- Join the Facebook page Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills (whether you live in Illinois or not, no matter what you happen to do for a living).
- If you are a veterinary professional in Illinois, clearly express your concerns with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. I suggest the state association is hardly representing their membership.
- If you are a pet owner in Illinois, clearly express your concerns with your veterinarian. It’s likely your veterinarian has no clue this is happening. Also, post on your veterinarian’s Facebook page.
- Share this post on your own social channels.
- If you live in Chicago, contact your Alderman (also contact your Alderman if you know of any pet stores—and there are some—that are ignoring the ban on sales of dogs and cats).
Now, I also speak with Linda Latelle, founder of Magnificent Mutts Pet Rescue. It’s fascinating, and considered by some to be controversial, that dogs are adopted in America from places like South Korea and nations in the Middle East.
They recently rescued six dogs from a meat farm in South Korea. It’s like a puppy mill rescue, except if these dogs weren’t rescued they would have been eaten.
A life saved is a life saved, and Magnificent Mutts Pet Rescue saves lives.