Puppy Mill Legislation Under Attack
Act 90, which is now in place, requires anyone selling 25 or more dogs in a year, from more than 3 litters, to be licensed and regulated.
Pridemore's proposed bill (LRB 1798/1) seeks to raise the number from 25 to ONE HUNDRED dogs per year and to eliminate the positions of three DATCP inspectors recently hired to enforce Act 90.
Read LRB 1798/1 here (pdf)
Please email or phone your representatives and politely ask them NOT
to co-sponsor, support, or encourage LRB 1798/1. Be sure to include
your name and address so your legislators know that you are their
Click below to find your Wisconsin State legislators.
We are thankful to the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project for sharing facts (listed below) to help you compose your own message and a sample message format:
FACT: Act 90 was signed into law in 2009 after being passed unanimously in
both houses of the WI legislature. The law went into effect on 1 June 2011.
FACT: The 100 number was discussed and rejected early in the devolvement of Act 90
because it would not include the largest numbers of the WORST mills! Most incidences
of animal mistreatment and sub-standards of care are at the 25-50 range and the majority of
court cases regarding dog breeders fall into the 25-50 range.
FACT: Act 90 has only been in effect for 8 weeks at the time this LRB is being launched.
What is the logic in attempting to alter so radically, this early in its implementation, a piece of legislation that was passed with unanimous support? Doesn't this seem like a waste of precious legislative time?
FACT: Act 90 provides funding through licensing fees for additional DATCP personnel to conduct inspections and enforce the law. It makes sure that all dog sellers who should be paying taxes on their sales, are. LRB 1798/1's higher limit for licensing and provision to put three hard-working Wisconsin citizens out of jobs, onto unemployment, and off the state income tax rolls, would just be BAD economics.
FACT: By all reports, Act 90 inspections so far have been going smoothly.
FACT: Humane Societies have reported that inspections have been fair, balanced and even HELPFUL.
Sample Message Format:
The Honorable (legislator's name)
City, State, Zip
Dear Sen/Rep Name:
I am writing to ask that you please DO NOT co-sponsor or support LRB
1798/1 in any way!
[In one or two short paragraphs, state why you oppose raising the
number of dogs sold to require a license from 25 to 100. It is
important that you tell them this in your own words!]
Thank your representative for his support.
For more information on the Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project, Inc.:
The Alliance for Animals
P.O. Box 1632
Madison, Wisconsin 53701