Puppy Mill Free AZ Day of Action

Puppy Mill Free AZ Day of Action

Animal advocates have declared it Puppy Mill Free Arizona Day to educate Arizonans about the dangerous law that takes effect on August 6th. The harmful law protects the puppy mill-pet store supply chain by ensuring that no municipality passes an ordinance prohibiting pet stores from selling puppy mill puppies as well as voiding existing ordinances in Phoenix and Tempe. In addition, the law states that regulation of pet dealers is a statewide concern, implying that the sourcing provisions in the law accomplish meaningful regulation of pet stores. In reality, these provisions only prevent pet stores from buying from federally licensed puppy mills with certain Animal Welfare Act violations, which depends on a broken federal inspection program. This law also allows pet stores to source from completely unregulated, unlicensed puppy mills. Arizonans must come together against this bill by never purchasing a puppy from a pet store. This educational campaign will rise again on September 18, 2016, also known as Puppy Mill Awareness Day.

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