A new bill is being circulated in Wisconsin that would ease restrictions on dog breeders, despite new laws being enacted in 2009 under Governor Jim Doyle to crack down on puppy mills in the state.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford), intends to quadruple the number of dogs that a breeder can have from 25 to 100 without requiring a license and would get rid of three inspectors who enforce the current law.
“Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, called it ‘unfortunate’ that Pridemore would try to change the regulations when ‘the ink is barely dry on the law.’ He accused the GOP lawmaker of trying to ‘gut the bill completely’ by changing the rules and getting rid of several inspectors,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.
Pridemore, who was, ironically, one of the co-sponsors of the new law, says he’s not trying to encourage puppy mills, and the law would still go after them, but the new bill would make it easier for “hobby” breeders to operate.
Considering the number of pets who are killed every year simply because there are not enough homes, isn’t it backwards to encourage people to breed more and give more slack to an industry that’s proven time and again that it needs more regulation and not less? Also? What kind of “hobby” breeder has 25 dogs?
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