May 18, 2016
Ohio senate removes pro-puppy mill amendment from tax bill, introduces similar ineffective legislation
The Ohio Senate Ways and Means committee has removed a contentious amendment in an unrelated, general tax bill, HB 166, which would have impacted how pet stores in Ohio acquire their animals for sale. However, similar language has now been introduced in both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly as standalone bills; SB 331 and HB 573. These puppy mill industry-backed bills would void local ordinances that prohibit pet stores in the state from selling animals from puppy mills, like the one recently passed in Grove City and Toledo. Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement:
“These bills have no meaningful restrictions on pet stores and prevent localities from regulating problematic pet stores in their communities. These pet stores would still be able to source from the worst puppy mills in the country. This legislation does not protect consumers or pets and allows sourcing from completely unregulated breeders. The puppy mill industry is dominated by successful businesses like PetSmart and Petco that do not sell puppies and we hope outliers will decide to transition their business model to the 21st century.”
The HSUS offered to work with Petland to reach a mutual agreement on legislation language, but the invitation was declined by the pet store chain.
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