Oregon Could Be Next to Ban Pet Store Sales of Puppy Mill Puppies

Every day, there arethousands of adoptable dogs who are waiting in shelters for forever homes, andmany of those dogs don’t make it out alive. While their advocates save as many as they can, commercial breeders across the U.S. continue to perpetuate the problem by mass producing even more to meet the demand for adorable puppies.

Now, however, Oregon could become the next state to end that vicious cycle.

A new bill (HB 4045), which was recently introduced by Representatives David Gomberg and Deborah Boone, would ban pet stores in the state from selling dogs, unless they were obtained from a shelter or rescue group, in addition to requiring stores to provide clear information about where their dogs came from. Anyone found selling, or trying to sell, dogs from other sources could be fined up to $500.

Supporters hope this legislation will help crack down on the notorious cruel puppy mills operating in the U.S. by closing a huge market for the dogs they produce who are sold in pet stores. Not only will this help save the lives of dogs in need of homes by increasing adoptions and reducing the demand for more from breeders, it will help protect consumers, and relieve taxpayers who are ultimately paying for shelters to house and kill animals.

Its good for these dogs that are languishing in shelters,” said Rep. Gombert. “And its good public policy. Most of these shelters, whether they are run by governments or run by nonprofits, are costing money.

While many continue to defend pet store sales of dogs and cats, claiming that they only come from breeders who are licensed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the standards that have to be met for licensing are the bare minimum. These standards are not in line with the level of humane care that breeders should be providing, or that consumers believe is being provided as multiple inspections and investigations have continued to prove.

Thankfully, growing awareness about the problem is bringing positive changes across the country. In the U.S., dozens of major cities across the nation have taken a stand against puppy mills by passing laws shutting down pet store sales.California just became the first state in the nation to pass a statewide ban.

Now, it’s time for Oregon to do the same. While there is widespread support for passing this type of legislation, it’s unfortunately also getting opposition from individuals, pet store owners and other organizations, including the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, that don’t want to see it pass.

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Please sign and share the petition urging lawmakers to make Oregon the next state to ban the retail sale of dogs in pet stores.

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53 comments

Kelly S
Past Member 2 months ago

wish they all were banned

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Adorable puppy NO puppy farms anywhere Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Puppy farms are so horrible and cruel Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Should have happened years ago Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W3 months ago

Would be fantastic. Thank you for caring and sharing

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Paulo R
Paulo R3 months ago

signed. ty

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Paulo R
Paulo R3 months ago

hope it happens.

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Sandra V
Sandra Vito3 months ago

Petition signed

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Sandra V
Sandra Vito3 months ago

Thanks

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Michael F
Michael F3 months ago

Noted & Signed, Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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