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5/17/18 UPDATE: House Bill 5917 has been approved by the House Agriculture Committee and is headed to the House floor for a vote. Please make a brief, polite phone call to your state representative today to ask him or her to oppose HB 5917. You can find your representative by clicking here.
Dangerous pet industry-backed legislation that would represent a huge step backward in the fight against puppy and kitten mills is being considered by the state legislature.
If enacted, House Bill 5917 will prohibit Michigan cities and counties from enacting ordinances that prevent inhumanely bred puppies and kittens from being sold in pet stores, and will overturn all existing retail pet sales ordinances throughout the state. As a result, puppy mills will continue to flourish, and consumers will be deprived of their right to know where the animals sold in pet shops really come from.
More than 260 communities throughout Michigan and across the U.S. have taken important legislative steps to address the cruelty of pet mills, and this ability should not be taken away. Local governments should be permitted to regulate pet dealers and enact their own appropriate laws without interference from the state legislature.
Please take action today by urging your representatives to vote NO on HB 5917.
Thank you for speaking up for animals. Together, we can Save Them All.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I respectfully urge you to oppose House Bill 5917, which would prohibit localities from enacting ordinances to restrict the retail sale of inhumanely bred companion animals, who often end up in our overcrowded, taxpayer-subsidized shelters.
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