OPPOSE MINNESOTA HF3369: BAN ON SALE OF DOGS AND CATS IN PET STORES
Scheduled to be heard by the Minnesota House Committee on Commerce on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Minnesota House File 3369 would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats by retail pet shops while allowing the sale of dogs and cats sourced from rescues and shelters.
HF3369 puts the health and safety of Minnesota consumers and citizens at risk by directing them to obtain a shelter pet with unknown, questionable health and temperament with no traceable history as to where the animal came from and what issues might be associated with the animal. Especially concerning given the 1 million dogs imported into U.S. pet shelters annually via foreign dog trafficking.
- Mandating that pet stores provide animals from UNREGULATED sources while banning the sale of animals from licensed, inspected, regulated breeders is irresponsible and an insurance nightmare just waiting to happen. Typically, shelters and rescues do not carry general liability insurance to protect consumers.
- Pet stores are accountable, traceable sources for pets, and are legitimate businesses, which are self-sustained and bring a steady stream of tax revenue to the state of Minnesota.
- Pet stores provide veterinarian inspected, healthy puppies and kittens from licensed, regulated breeders.
- Pet stores also provide a health guarantee to each new owner.
- Pet stores provide veterinary care and consumer protection; pet stores help inform consumers to find the best breed to fit their lifestyle and family, pet store visits ensure compatibility with the prospective pet, and pet stores rely on customer satisfaction.
HF3369 is written with a clear bias against both pet stores and breeders with the desire to put both out of business because they do not align with the ideology of the bill sponsors and the animal rights groups behind this legislation.
Banning the sale of animals in pet stores is unconstitutional and simply cannot stand.
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