Florida: Don’t Strip Towns of Authority to Regulate Pet Stores
Update—February 5, 2018: Great news, advocates! Thanks to an outpouring of opposition from animal advocates like you, the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission’s Local Government Committee rejected Prop 95 by a 7-0 vote. This is a huge victory for Florida’s animals and will safeguard the authority of local municipalities to pass legislation that keeps cruelly-bred puppies out of Florida’s communities. Please join us in thanking President Lee and Commissioner Solari for their efforts to oppose this harmful proposal—see action steps below.
Most puppies sold within pet stores come from puppy mills, commercial pet-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 not all: These facilities pose a risk to humans as well. The Center for Disease Control recently linked puppies sourced from mills to a multi-state, multi-drug-resistant outbreak of campylobacter sickening at least 97 people—with Florida having the second highest number of infections nationally.
If passed, Prop. 95 would have gutted cities and towns of the authority to ban the sale of puppy mill puppies at retail pet stores.
Over 50 municipalities within Florida have already taken a stand against puppy mills by passing their own 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. These local-level bans are critical to reducing the demand for puppy mill dogs. Prop. 95 would have invalidated existing bans, prevented other communities from determining their own fates, and rolled back the progress we’ve made toward minimizing puppy mill cruelty in Florida.