Ohio Governor John Kasich signed SB 331, the ‘Petland’ bill, into law, “behind closed doors and without additional comment”, as reported by the Vindicator.
A huge thanks goes to each of you for all the calls and tweets that sent to the governor. You stayed active, dedicated, and strong right until the final moments.
You are wonderful advocates for our animal friends.
Governor Kasich and the legislators that VOTED YES on SB 331 did not listen to us. The bill moved very quickly through the legislature and then to the governor. Interested parties were not included in all of the discussions. It was not properly vetted.
Governor Kasich and the legislators who voted yes have failed usand the animals that we love.
There are some 22 states have passed “Puppy Lemon” laws and 206 jurisdictions across the nation that have passed pet store ordinances, aimed at drying up the market for mill animals.
Why has Ohio moved so quickly in the OPPOSITE direction?
Petland could continue to stay in business utilizing a humane, business model, as other successful, national, pet stores use.
Finally, the governor and the Statehouse majority have stomped ‘home-rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. The same legislators that cry “No more big government”, always bristling at interference from the federal government, have dishonored the work and the judgement of local jurisdictions and have taken away some of their legal rights with the passage of SB 331.
How did YOUR STATE SENATOR and YOUR STATE REP vote? A YES VOTE means they are in support of SB 331. A NO VOTE means they are opposed to SB 331.
SB 331 also OVERTURNS the pet store ordinances already in effect in Toledo and Grove City and STOPS other, Ohio jurisdictions from passing future pet store ordinances.
Please send a RESPECTFUL tweet, expressing disappointment in the passage of SB 331. I know that many of you are angry, hurt, and fed up. This bill is not fair to our puppies, our families, and our workers. Yet, your message will not be well received unless it is POLITE.
You may tweet these phrases, or you might want to tweet your personal message.
#SB331stompshomerule 22 states & 205 jurisdictions protect unsuspecting consumers – Why not Ohio?
Winter is bearing down hard. Please check on your elderly and handicapped neighbors, who live alone, as well as animals who may be abandoned. Make sure that they are safe and warm.
Cincinnati has an ordinance in place for outside dogs. The dogs may not be endlessly tethered between 10 PM and 6 AM, when the temperatures fall below 20 degrees, when there is an extreme weather advisory, and when no one is home.
The ordinance is enforced, because of the generosity of our Cincinnati Police Department. Please call a non-emergency number to politely report an animal in distress.
Kindly thank the Cincinnati police officers, who work under very stressful conditions to protect us and the animals we love!