Today, I am Ohio. I am shocked at what happened in Arizona this year. I am chilled at what is happening right now in Ohio.
A rotting stink is slowly wafting across the nation. It’s not just the usual, rising stench of the 10,000 mills with puppies and kittens, endlessly crated, lying in their own waste. This nasty odor starts in Arizona. A bill was signed this spring into law by Arizona Governor Ducey. This new state law, allowing pet stores to sell animals from large-scale breeders (AKA “puppy mills”), trumps and VOIDS ordinances already in effect in the cities of Tempe and Phoenix, and finishes off the proposed ordinance in Tucson. These three cities had independently legislated that they would only allow shelter and rescue dogs to be sold in pet stores. The state legislature decided otherwise for them.
The new law also STOPS other Arizona jurisdictions from passing such ordinances in the future.
Arizona’s initiative is larger than the mill animals being sold in pet stores. Please note that there are some 18, Arizona state bills that aim to trump local ordinances.
Additionally, there is a state bill that intends to withhold state funds from jurisdictions that want to pass local ordinances that do not line up with the Arizona legislature’s proposals.
Two, fast-tracked, Ohio bills
This same rotten funk is now hovering over Ohio. Two bills are being fast-tracked at the end of the legislative session against the will of Ohioans and against “home rule”, embedded in the Ohio Constitution.
Two years ago, Toledo passed an ordinance, banning the sale of mill animals in pet stores. Grove City passed this same ordinance in March.
So, Petland pushed back hard. First, it sued Grove City Council because it not want the local ordinance. Then, Petland, whose international headquarters is in Chillicothe, approached Senator Bob Peterson (R) of Chillicothe, to sponsor state legislation similar to Arizona’s.
SB 331, sponsored by Senator Peterson (R) moved through committee and passed a full Senate vote in about a week, lightning speed. Amendments are expected to be added this week. A full House vote is expected to pass SB 331 this week, the last week of the General Assembly.
These bills are not good for mill animals, where profit stomps puppies, and not good for unsuspecting, pet owners. Additionally, the passage of these initiatives does not bode well for the passage of future, animal welfare legislation in Ohio. These bills must be stopped.
What can you do to stop these bills from being enacted? Call Speaker Rosenberger’s office (614) 466-3506 today to RESPECTFULLY oppose SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores!
You might say, “Good morning! This is (your name) from (your city). I am calling to ask Speaker Rosenberger to use his authority as Speaker of the Ohio House to oppose SB 331, Dog Sales in Pet Stores.
“SB 331 is not good for Ohio animals, families, or communities. It perpetuates the inhumane treatment of animals by large-scale breeders. It does not protect unsuspecting families, who buy pet store animals that often have enormous medical and behavior problems. It stomps ‘home rule’, embedded in the Ohio Constitution. Ohio jurisdictions know what their own community values are, and are capable of legislating accordingly.
“Most states across the nation are moving in the OPPOSITE direction. Their pet stores use the successful business model of selling pets from shelters and humane agencies, not large-scale breeders.
“Thank you for using your leadership to protect Ohio animals, families, and communities by OPPOSING the passage of SB 331!”