Repeal of the Ban on Puppy Mill Dog Sales in Pet Stores
Sponsors: Commissioners Elizabeth Gorman and Joan Patricia Murphy
ASPCA Position: Oppose
Action Needed: Call and email your Cook County Commissioner today and urge him or her to uphold the ban on the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores!
Update – July 1, 2014: Thanks in large part to your calls and emails, the proposed amendment to repeal the puppy mill sales ban was pulled from consideration before the Cook County Board of Commissioners last month. Another attempt to roll back protections for puppy mill dogs may be made this fall, so we encourage you to stay vigilant and let your county commissioner know you oppose any attempt to weaken the puppy mill dog sales ban enacted earlier this year.
Just weeks ago, Cook County passed an ordinance to ban commercially bred dog and cat sales in local pet stores, instead allowing pet stores to offer rescued pets to customers. This was an important and groundbreaking step forward in the fight against puppy mills.
Unbelievably, after a unanimous vote in favor of this life-saving measure, two Cook County Commissioners have introduced an amendment to reverse this landmark ban. If passed, the amendment would allow pet stores to continue selling pets from puppy mills as long as the breeder has not committed any recent, direct violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act.
This is a huge step backwards. Federal standards are incredibly weak and insufficiently enforced. As a result, an absence of recorded violations is no guarantee that a commercial breeder is humane. In fact, the federal standards of care required by the Animal Welfare Act allow dogs in breeding facilities to be kept in tiny, overcrowded wire cages, and breeding dogs are often forced to bear litter after litter with no rest and inadequate veterinary care.
What You Can Do
Cook County, you’ve made it clear that you do not want puppy and kitten mill pets in your pet stores. Your county commissioner needs to hear your voice again to preserve this critical ban.
Please call and email (from your own email account) your commissioner right away and urge him or her to oppose any attempt to repeal the ban on puppy mill pet sales in county pet stores. For your email, you may use our sample text in the gray box below, or compose your own unique message explaining why this issue is important to you.
You can find all Cook County commissioner contact info listed below by district number. If you're not sure which district you live in, please refer to the map below.
Thank you, Cook County!
Commissioner Earlean Collins
Commissioner Robert B. Steele
Commissioner Jerry Butler
Commissioner Stanley Moore
Commissioner Deborah Sims
Deborah.Sims@cookcountyil.gov Phone: 312.603.6381
|District #6 (Sponsor of Ordinance Amendment)|
Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy
Commissioner Jesus G. Garcia
Commissioner Edwin Reyes
Commissioner Peter N. Silvestri,
|District #10 Commissioner Bridget Gainer|
Commissioner John P. Daley
Commissioner John A. Fritchey
Commissioner Larry Suffredin
Commissioner Gregg Goslin
Commissioner Timothy 0. Schneider
Commissioner Jeffrey R. Tobolski
|District #17 (Sponsor of Ordinance Amendment)|
Commissioner Elizabeth "Liz" Doody Gorman
Sample Email You Can Copy and Paste
Please Oppose Any Efforts to Repeal Ban on Sale of Commercially Bred Pets in Cook County Pet Stores