SB1882 Amendment Removes Home Rule Denial
Apr 28, 2017 — Finally, some good news about Illinois SB1882!
Yesterday, Senator Hastings filed an amendment to SB1882 that removed its most dangerous provisions. Most importantly, its home rule denial was removed.
This means that, even if this legislation is passed, we can keep our local ordinances regarding the sourcing of pets by the stores in our communities. And more of our communities can pass these ordinances.
The bill was also changed to add more regulations for the breeders that Illinois pet stores purchase animals from. Another change was removing a requirement that dogs sold by pet stores be microchipped to the pet stores, meaning they would have been able to claim and resell lost dogs before the change.
Essentially, the bill was gutted, and this is a huge relief. You can read the revised bill at http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/100/SB/10000SB1882sam002.htm.
But we're still not going to endorse it.
The sourcing requirements, although better than they were, remain unenforceable. And there are a lot of other improvements that could be made to the Animal Welfare Act that were never intended by this bill.
If this bill passes, that's fine. If it doesn't, that's fine too. It's now an empty law that won't make a difference in animal welfare in Illinois either way.
We will continue to monitor the bill for any other changes, but for now, we just want to thank you for making these changes happen. Once our legislators started hearing from you, they realized that they had been given a bad bill by the pet store lobbyists.
Every one of your phone calls, emails, and witness slips made a difference. YOU made a difference.
But let's not take this victory for granted. Our right to regulate pet stores in our own communities remains intact. Let's keep exercising that right. Even if your town doesn't currently have a pet store that sells commercially bred animals, your local government can pass an ordinance to keep it that way. Don't be afraid to ask them to do it.
Keep raising awareness. Keep educating others. Keep fighting puppy/kitten mills and the industries that fund them.
For ideas and resources, visit the Humane Society of the United States website at http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/what_you_can_do_stop_puppy_mills.html, and the Best Friends Animal Society website at http://bestfriends.org/resources/stop-puppy-mills-15-things-you-can-do.
Keep up the good work!