Skip to comments.(Chicago) City Council cuts off puppy mill pipeline
Posted on 03/06/2014 9:52:30 AM PST by fulltlt
The City Council moved Wednesday to cut off the pipeline of puppies purchased in Chicago that come from for-profit breeders condemned as puppy mills.
With downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) casting the only dissenting vote, aldermen approved a somewhat watered-down anti-cruelty ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza.
It would limit the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at Chicago's 16 pet stores to those animals that come from shelters and humane adoption centers. ...
"As a person who grew up with three dogs, I think it's the right thing to do. And I'm proud of the city and proud of the city clerk took a step forward to do that," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said after the vote.
Ald. "Proco" Joe Moreno (1st) acknowledged that the puppy mill ordinance begs the question about why animal welfare should command the City Council's time and attention at a time when Chicago has other more pressing problems.
"There are some [who] would say there are other things we should be doing in this city" and there are. And we are handling those things in terms of what's happening on our streets and in our schools. But we can't turn a blind eye to what's happening in our city and in our country when it comes to radical abuse of animals. It's our responsibility as stewards of the earth," Moreno said.
"This ordinance does that. This ordinance is hopefully a small way of preventing these terrible practices of having these animals abused day after day in small cages. Quite frankly, the female dogs being raped on a constant basis just so we can have a cute little thing running around our house. ... "
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Rahm and his inner circle rely on daily ingestion of puppies for their superpowers.
"Quite frankly, the female dogs being raped on a constant basis just so we can have a cute little thing running around our house. ... "
And so a new issue is born: doggie rape.
So, the city is saying none of its citizens can own anything of value. They must take on some mutt that nobody wants from the city animal shelters?
I guess that’s probably fitting since their politicians seem to come from there, too.
I thought retail animal stores sold purebreed animals.
“I thought retail animal stores sold purebreed animals.”
The contract I had to sign to get a cat from the pound was insane. They kept the right to come onto my property at any time to inspect the welfare of the cat. I had to wait ten days to pick her up. (They have a shorter waiting time to buy a firearm, three days.) Frankly, I think this is yet another area that requires no legislation or oversight whatsoever.
Queue the song “Feelings! Nothing more than Feelings!”
Seriously though, puppy mills do exist, but they are becoming very scarce due to heightened public awareness. Licensed breeders though are the ones who are going to be hurt the most by ordinances like this.
One other thing to think about what religion’s practitioners have a hatred for dogs?
Now what is Obama gonna eat?
This will lead to a predictable result.
Luckily, cats are free
Will some FReeper smarter than me (there are many, admittedly) please tell me WTH is a “puppy mill”? This sounds like another liberal buzz word crafted to drive us to action, but maybe I’m wrong.
“Luckily, cats are free.”
I have a “free” cat who was given to me about 13 years ago by some friends. In 2012 she cost me about $1,600 to have a liver cyst removed. Then there are all the other vet and boarding bills over the years. Ain’t no such thing as a “free cat.”
So, you’re cool with puppy mills?
“...maybe I’m wrong.”
You’re wrong. These despicable operations have been around a long, long time and they depend on pet stores to market their puppies to people who have idea of the cruelty involved in breeding these animals.
“So, youre cool with puppy mills?”
I’ve known several people over the years who bred their dogs, usually at some expense. Then they sold or gave away the puppies. One was accused of running a puppy mill, although I think the term was miss-applied. I think the word gets thrown around like racism and means different things to different people. But if somebody is doing something cruel, which is what I’m guessing you mean, then there are other laws to stop them. Just what is a puppy mill and is it really a problem? I suspect not as much as the article implies.
In general, I’m against both laws and pet stores, as I always wonder what happens to unsold animals. There already enough laws and their are sufficient puppies too. There’s no need to make more of either. (Incidentally, if people are looking for dogs to compete I suspect they have to have papers and that “puppy mill” papers wouldn’t suffice.)
I never go into pet stores because I can’t bear to see pets in cages. By the same token, although I love beef I don’t want to see a cow butchered. We live in the real world and make our own peace.
Yes, I understand that states have laws to fight the puppy mills—and you can be damn assured that they exist. Here, though, another approach is being made, cut off their markets.
FYI, puppy mills are for-profit operations in which pure-bred dogs are kept in deplorable living conditions and forced to breed. I understand that they never get to see the outside world, being confined to tiny cages all their miserable lives. The female dogs are kept constantly pregnant until they die, often being artificially inseminated. The males don’t have a wonderful life of luxury, either.
Unless you think that keeping dogs in these conditions is OK, then yes, this is a problem, a big problem to those of us who love dogs.
Thanks for informing me. I honestly didn’t know what they were.