Tennessee, Pro-Puppy-Mill Bill Defeated!
Update—May 2, 2017: We are pleased to report that S.B.519/H.B. 568, which would have stripped cities and towns of the authority to enact local measures restricting the sale of puppy mill puppies at retail pet stores, has been defeated! Thank you to everyone who spoke up on behalf of animals and consumers.
Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, commercial dog breeding operations where profit is prioritized over the well-being of animals. These facilities house their animals in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions. Breeding dogs are forced to produce litter after litter without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization, and no opportunity to feel grass beneath their feet or sunlight on their backs. As a result, many of their puppies suffer health and behavior problems, and consumers can unwittingly purchase sick or abused animals. More than 200 jurisdictions across the country have taken a stand against this cruelty by banning the retail sale of commercially bred dogs at pet stores in their communities.
S.B.519/H.B. 56 would have stripped cities and towns of the authority to enact local measures restricting the sale of puppy mill puppies at retail pet stores, putting animals and consumers at risk.
This bill would have unjustly prevent localities from determining what is best for their communities, and been a giant leap backward in the progress made toward minimizing puppy mill cruelty and keeping greedy commercial breeders from profiting off of unsuspecting Tennesseans.