Stop Puppy Mills! Support Illinois SB 3078

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Let's make Illinois the 4th humane state!

Illinois SB 3078 supports a Statewide ban on the retail sale of dogs and cats obtained from commercial breeders.

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Please contact your elected Illinois official and let them know you SUPPORT SB 3078.  If you don't know who to contact you can find your representatives here: 

  • What is so wrong with puppy mills?

Puppy mills are dog breeding operations that put profit over the health and well-being of the dogs.

There is a large puppy mill that is run by 2 brother in Arthur, IL.  This puppy mill was rated in the TOP 100 MOST HORRIBLE PUPPY MILLS in AMERICA.  And, it supplies many of the dogs to pet stores in Illinois.

Close your eyes and picture a dog covered in filth.  A dog that has only known life inside a cage.  Now imagine that dog's feelings of despair, sadness, hunger, abandonment and overall suffering.  Then multiply that vision tenfold and you wont even begin to experience what goes on in these puppy mills.  They must be stopped immediately and your voice can make it happen.

Puppy mills may be large or small. They may be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture or unlicensed. In order to sell to a pet store, the breeder must be licensed, though many still sell to pet stores without a proper license.
Puppy mills can house hundreds or thousands of dogs. Smaller does not necessarily mean better. The conditions in small facilities can be just as cruel as larger ones.
Puppy mills are everywhere, though there is a large concentration in the Midwest.


Missouri has the largest number of puppy mills in the United States. Amish and Mennonite communities (particularly in Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania) also have large concentrations of puppy mills.
Puppy mills breed all types of dogs – everything from Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, and English Bulldogs to teacup Yorkies – you can find nearly every breed.
Breeding parents spend their lives in 24-hour confinement to cages. It is common to see wire cages stacked on top of each other. They generally do not have protection from heat, cold, or inclement weather.
Dogs in puppy mills live in dirty, unsanitary conditions.
Dogs living in puppy mills receive little to no veterinary care (and puppy mill owners often provide veterinary care without anesthesia or veterinary training).
Mothers are bred every heat cycle and are usually killed when they can no longer produce.
Many puppy mills do not practice humane euthanasia. Dogs are killed in cruel ways, including shooting or drowning.
Puppies are taken from their mothers too young and can develop serious health or behavioral issues due to the conditions in which they are bred and shipped. This leads to expensive veterinary bills, heartbreak, and stress for their owners.
The bottom line is that puppy mills are all about profits. Any money spent on veterinary care, quality food, shelter, or staff to care for the dogs cuts into the profit margin.

How can 1 person make a difference?  1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 = Many.  You get the idea.  By signing this petition you are letting our Illinois legislators know you don't agree with the mistreatment of animals.  -BUT- the pet stores are fighting back hard.  We need to fight back harder.  They have the money to lobby the politicians.  We might not have the big bucks but we have strength in numbers.  We can be victorious with your help...1 person at a time. 

Please sign this petition.  We know this petition asks for some personal information and that's kind of a pain -but- just think of all the pain all the caged puppy mill dogs go through.  It's a small price to pay to help change the world.  Thank you!