Puppy Mill Legislation

Bailing Out Benji’s research on the puppy mill and pet store industry has been crucial in passing many local and state bills across the country.

While we are not a lobbying organization, our role is to help educate citizens and policy makers about these issues through our extensive research and activate our grassroots volunteers and supporters in order to help them create lasting change for animals. We partner with many national and local 501c3s and 501c4s in order to make as big of a difference as possible. 

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Below you will find a list of public ordinances or bills that are being worked on by advocates and organizations across the country. 

*It is important to note that you should only ever contact your own council members or legislators. Policy makers want to hear from their own constituents about these issues and not advocates from across the country *

This page was updated on 2/5/2023

Local Humane Ordinances:

These are only the very public ordinances that are being worked on. Many more are currently being worked on behind the scenes. 

 Active Statewide Bills Pertaining to Puppy Mills and Pet Stores:

Bailing Out Benji is supportive of all of the bills below, unless otherwise noted 
 
 
Indiana
 
OPPOSE: HB 1412
 
HB 1412 is what is known as a ‘preemption’ bill and it strips away the rights of local cities and counties from passing ordinances pertaining to animals, including puppy mill sales in stores.
 
If you are an Indiana resident and would like to contact your representative about this bill, you can contact them directly or use our easy form here
 
 
Kentucky

OPPOSE: SB 157
 
 
SB 157 is what is known as a ‘preemption’ bill and it strips away the rights of local cities and counties from passing ordinances pertaining to animals, including puppy mill sales in stores.
 
If you are a Kentucky resident and would like to contact your representative about this bill, you can contact them directly or use our easy form here
 
 
 
Michigan
 
 
SUPPORT: HB 4838
 
This bill would put an end to the puppy-mill-to-petstore pipeline and drive the pet market in Michigan toward more humane sources, like shelters, rescues and responsible breeders.
 
If you are a Michigan citizen and would like to contact your representative about this bill, you can contact them directly or use our easy form here
 
 
 
Wisconsin
 
OPPOSE: AB 957
 
AB 957, otherwise known as the “Protect our Farms” Act, is what is known as a ‘preemption’ bill and it strips away the rights of local cities and counties from passing ordinances pertaining to animals, including puppy mill sales in stores.
 
If you are a Wisconsin resident and would like to contact your representative about this bill, you can contact them directly or use our easy form here
 

Active Federal Bills

Goldie’s Act (H.R. 1788):

H.R. 1788 Overview: would eliminate those APHIS-created loopholes and explicitly require USDA to:

-Conduct more frequent and meaningful inspections,
-Confiscate animals that are suffering,
-Impose penalties for violations, and
-Share inspection information in a timely manner with local law enforcement.

H.R. 1788 Status: Seeking Federal co-sponsors now. Contact your US Representatives and US Senators here and politely urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation.  

The Puppy Protection Act (HR 2840 / S 1385): 

HR 2840 / S 1385 Overview: These bills will require stronger standards of care including:

– Increase the enclosure sizes from the allowed 6in of extra space

– Require solid flooring instead of wire-bottom floors

– Require exercise for the dogs

– Require that they are fed twice per day

– Implement a socialization plan

– Require increased veterinary care

– And require protection from extreme temperatures.

This bill will also impose breeding limits per animal and ensure that breeders are making reasonable efforts to rehome retired dogs instead of discarding or killing them. Currently, none of this is required under the USDA.

HR 2840 / S 1385 Status: Seeking Federal co-sponsors now. Contact your US Representatives and US Senators here and politely urge them to co-sponsor this important legislation. 

 

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