Ending the puppy mills is a major goal for dog parents around the world. And a large part of it prevents pet stores from selling dogs. But banning the sale of puppies is much easier said than done, and unfortunately, many people continue to oppose the ban on puppy mills. So the state of Texas is doing everything it can to put an end to the puppy mills as soon as possible.
The 1818 Bill was recently passed at the Texas House. When it happens in the Senate, pet stores only need to get their dogs from animal shelters, emergency services, and licensed breeders. But will it help?
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A bill to save dogs
Texas is one of the states with the highest number of dogs euthanized in animal shelters annually. However, this doesn’t stop people from buying puppies from pet stores instead of adopting them. Most pet shop puppies come from puppy mills and often get sick as a result. To put an end to this inhuman deal, a new Texas law was recently passed in-house.
The new bill would make it illegal to sell puppies from puppy mills in pet stores. Instead, companies would have to source their dogs from animal control agencies, animal shelters, animal rescue services or approved breeders. Fortunately, six communities in Texas have already passed similar laws.
“An estimated 2 million puppies sold annually in the US are from puppy mills, while 2 to 3 million puppies and cats are euthanized at animal shelters each year,” said Rep. Jared Patterson. “Commercially bred dogs often live in appalling conditions and suffer from a variety of diseases that are often unknown to the consumer.”
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The 1818 bill was quickly approved by the House with an 85-54 vote. Before it can take action, it has to pass the Senate as well.
Not everyone agrees
Every step towards ending the puppy mills seems like advancement for dog lovers. But unfortunately not everyone is the same. Many government officials resisted, saying there was no need to pass this law.
“What does the state of Texas have to do with telling people who take care of their dogs and make sure the dogs are healthy that they can’t sell to the public the way they want”, said Rep. Matt Said Shepherd.
What Schaefer does not recognize, however, is that many breeders do not properly care for their dogs. Puppy mills put a profit on their dogs’ welfare, which leads to poor habitats and sick puppies. Petland is one of the biggest offenders of these inhumane practices.
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“Petland is the only one of these businesses that refuses to give up this archaic business model. It’s so cruel. It brings sick and injured, unvaccinated, uncastrated, and neutered puppies into our state, ”said Lauren Loney, director of the Humane Society of the United States in Texas.
Will This Help End Puppy Mills?
Any attempt to stop puppy mills is a step in the right direction. This new bill is therefore essential for animal welfare. While many dog parents know about inhuman breeders, first-time dog owners may not. It’s important to get the word out there so people are getting dogs from responsible sources instead.
Even if this bill is passed in the Senate, puppy mills will not be completely removed from Texas. The bill states that one of the sources pet stores can source puppies from is “licensed breeders.” However, many puppy mills are licensed by the USDA. This is because the admission standards are so low that a breeder can be admitted while dogs are still neglected. The only real way to stop the bulk of these sales is to stop pet stores from selling puppies. Otherwise, puppy mill breeders will keep finding gaps.
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This new bill is a minor victory for Texas and hopefully it will be passed soon. But we still have a long way to go to prevent puppy mills from harming so many dogs. By encouraging more families to adopt dogs from rescue and animal shelters, more dogs can be saved. Perhaps if more states pass laws like this, puppy mills can stop once and for all.
H / T: texomashomepage.com
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