Improve Breeding Standards not Ban Sales

A recent Harris Poll found that, by an overwhelming margin, America’s dog and cat owners say the best way to ‘crack down’ on illegal breeding is not to ban the sale of dogs and cats at local pet stores, but rather to enact and enforce enhanced breeding standards (67% vs. 33%).

And in Arizona, the Legislature earlier this year, voted to BAN the ability to pass a law which would “ban” the sales of commercially bred animals.

This makes sense since commercially bred animals are federally legal by law.  The fact that drugs may be illegal in some respects, but that people are allowed to have drugs under certain circumstances is the same thing. You don’t outlaw breeding because people break laws. You don’t outlaw drugs because people abuse them. You can’t outlaw alcohol either because it won’t work.  WHY ARE ARS CONTINUING TO BAN SALES OF ANIMALS?

It’s very simple. They believe animals are people and should not be sold. Recall, PETA had the nerve to file a stupid lawsuit claiming the 13th amendment (slavery) applied to “animals” such as orca whales??????  DUH????  Plain stupidity.  ARs are stupid, and mental.  As in mentally insane.

(HSUS has conspired with many AR groups nationally to set up animal sales bans. They brag about it.)

Contact Information

Tiera Bonaldi or Jamie Baxter
The Impetus Agency 775/322 – 4022 J
amie@TheImpetusAgency.com

May 20 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a statement issued today, Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President and CEO Mike Bober responded to a new Arizona law implementing consistent statewide standards in regards to the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores. This new state-level legislation reverses local sales bans in Phoenix and Tempe as well as a proposed one in Tucson.

The new law requires pet stores to display the source of their animals, including the name of the breeder and the USDA license near the animals’ cage or crate. Pet stores will be subject to escalating fines for not following protocol, ensuring transparency among breeders and sellers.

“We applaud the state of Arizona for taking this positive step toward consistent protection of animals and consumers. Meaningful sourcing restrictions are something we’ve been advocating for some time now as they give prospective pet owners the information they need to ensure companion animals acquired from pet stores come from responsible, regulated breeders.”- Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President and CEO Mike Bober.

“Addressing this issue at the state level means that Arizonans from Phoenix to Flagstaff and Tucson to Tempe enjoy the same safeguards from one town to the next. It is a tremendous advance in ensuring the availability of responsibly bred pets at a store level where transactions can still be regulated instead of driving demand to unregulated markets because an owner cannot locate the pet they need via shelter or rescue in their area. The new statewide standards also address concerns that have arisen from sales bans at the city level.

For example, the Phoenix ordinance makes multiple references to ‘nonprofit animal rescue organizations’ as a valid source for pet stores without defining the term. This is problematic as there is no definition of ‘nonprofit animal rescue organizations’ in either state or local law, yet this is one of the very few categories of organizations from which the ordinance permits Phoenix stores to source. We hope Arizona can set the stage for other states to follow suit as well, because inconsistent local legislation addressing an issue that is national in scope has dangerous unintended consequences. ” -Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) President and CEO Mike Bober.

For more information on PIJAC, please visit http://www.pijac.org

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Since 1970, the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) has protected pets, pet owners and the pet industry – promoting responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, fostering environmental stewardship, and ensuring the availability of pets. PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists, and other trade organizations.

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