PUPPY MILL LAW
OR HSUS LOBBYING
Feb. 2009 |
Rendell is also being “mentioned”
as a viable Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential race.
Many worry that, like PA Senator Rick Santorum, Gov. Rendell has
been influenced by HSUS.
Perhaps, but this sounds like progress.
About Animal Law in Pennsylvania, Gov. Rendell says
"Thanks to the hard work of many dog lovers and the leadership of
members of the General Assembly, there is a bright future for dogs
"Pennsylvania has long-suffered
the label `Puppy Mill Capital of the East,' primarily because of the
horrific, but sadly legal, conditions in some of our state's worst
dog breeding kennels. We are changing that with this new law,”
"Within one year, Pennsylvania will be a leader in the treatment of
dogs in commercial breeding kennels, shedding our shameful
reputation. We want to provide a measure of reassurance that when a
family welcomes these lovable pets into their home, the dogs are
healthy and happy."
Act 119 addresses the health and welfare needs of the dogs housed in
large commercial breeding kennels by requiring these operations to
meet the new physical standards for cage size and flooring within
one year, unless granted a temporary waiver by the Department of
Among other protections for dogs, the new PA law
doubles the minimum
floor space for dogs, eliminates wire flooring, and requires
exercise that is at least as good as unfettered access to an
exercise area twice the size of the primary enclosure. The previous
law did not require that dogs ever be taken out of cages, no did it provide
for access to exercise areas. The wire flooring allowed
under the previous law breaks down easily and destroys dogs' feet
The bill also requires veterinary examinations for each dog twice
The requirements for other types of kennels, like sporting and hobby
dog kennels, are virtually unchanged. These entities do not operate
with the purpose of breeding large quantities of dogs to sell for
profit although we all know there are exceptions to that assumption.
But better to under-regulate a few than over-regulate everyone.
NC Responsible Animal Owners Assoc.
Rick Perry's Texas HB 1451 the animal rights backed bill may become NATIONAL
law in 2013!