Washington State Puppy Mill Legislation
April 2, 2009 · Print This Article
We had a comment on the blog last week about State Senate bill 5661 in Washington. The commenter, Dave, was against the bill because of the cost it would impose on breeders who own more than 10 adult dogs. Dave also states that “they” are trying to make it federal law, so it could potentially affect breeders everywhere in the States. Whether or not that last part is true, it is an interesting topic for debate.
I can’t speak for Dave, other than to show you his comment, but it appears that his concern is that the bill will be prejudicial to honest breeders in his state. (Here is the text of his comment, in its entirety: Washington state senate has passed BILL SSB 5651 that will affect all dog breeders in a very negative, restrictive, costly, unfair and discriminatory way. Horse, cat, rabbit and other pet brteeders are not included. It will be outrageously expensive for the state to enforce and nearly impossible to enforce. It exempts animal rescue facilities, pet stores and bording kennels. It will be expensive for breeders with ten or more dogs and make it illegal to have more than fifty dogs in your care. Access the bill at http://www.leg.wa.gov and read about what’s it’s going to cost you if you are a breeder or own more than ten dogs. Contact Wash. State representatives quickly to stop its final passage or doom is unavoidable. They are also trying to make it federal law.)
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