Florida: Lawmakers Stand Up for Puppies, Consumers and Your Community
Update—March 16, 2018: Florida’s 2018 legislative session has ended. We are pleased to report that, thanks to your support , state lawmakers rejected repeated attempts by retail puppy-sellers to strip towns of their home-rule authority to ban the sale of cruelly-bred dogs in their local pet stores! To learn more, read our news post on this victory here.
Most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills, large-scale, cruel breeding facilities that prioritize profit over the health and wellbeing of animals. Dogs in these operations are often kept in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization. That’s why over 250 localities across the nation—including over 60 in Florida—have enacted local laws to keep cruelly-bred puppies out of their pet stores and instead promote the adoption of dogs and cats from rescues, humane societies and shelters.
But the puppy mill lobby was dead-set on invalidating these humane ordinances by any means necessary—including hijacking other bills moving through the state legislature and trying to amend their harmful language onto them.
If the full Florida Legislature had passed this preemption language, it would have invalidated existing local bans, prevented other communities in the state from passing similar laws, and rolled back the progress we’ve made toward minimizing puppy mill cruelty in Florida.