From the North Fork Animal Welfare League (Southold, New York 11971)
Dear Friends: The NFAWL is in full support of the following. Please forward this message to all those concerned.
FROM THE OFFICE OF SUFFOLK COUNTY LEGISLATOR JON COOPER
Dear Animal Rights Advocate,
As you are probably aware, an estimated two million puppies are purchased, sold or adopted each year, while four to five million unwanted dogs die in shelters across America. The vast majority of puppies purchased at retail pet stores come from puppy mills in the Midwest, South and/or portions of Pennsylvania. These are primarily large commercial breeding businesses that breed dogs like livestock and sell them at five to six weeks of age, despite federal regulations banning the sale of puppies less than eight weeks of age. Puppies and their mothers are exposed to stark conditions. They are often kept in small, unsanitary wire cages in close proximity, frequently in their own excrement, that are unprotected from extreme temperature fluctuations. Puppies and their mothers are chronically undernourished, not provided with veterinary care or socialization, and often suffer from serious health problems.
In an effort to promote animal welfare, I have introduced legislation that would ban the retail sale of puppies by pet stores in Suffolk County, unless they are obtained from animal shelters, animal rescue organizations or local breeders. This effort will provide the additional benefit of increasing consumer awareness of the horrors of puppy mills.
If you would like to express your support for Resolution No. I.R. 1545-2011, “A Local Law Banning the Retail Sale of Puppies in Suffolk County to Combat the Problem of Puppy Mills,” please note that two public hearings have been scheduled.
The first public hearing will take place on Tuesday, June 21st at 2:30 p.m. during the next General Meeting of the Legislature at the Evans K. Griffing Building at the County Complex in Riverhead.
The second public hearing will be held at the General Meeting of the Legislature on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Hauppauge. I have attached the resolution as well as directions to both County Complexes for your information.
I would also like to invite you to attend a press conference that will be held in support of this legislation at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building in Hauppauge at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2nd. If you represent an organization and would like to attend this press conference, please contact my office so we can plan accordingly.
If you cannot attend either public hearing, please contact your Suffolk County Legislators and express your support for this very important bill.
Thank you for your support and advocacy for the most innocent among us. Together, we will improve the lives of puppies and dogs alike in Suffolk County.
Please feel free to contact my office at (631) 854-4500 if you have any questions or comments.
Suffolk County Legislator
18th Legislative District
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