Oklahoma, Pet Sale Ban, Rescue Mandate, Public Safety at Risk

Urge Oklahoma House Business and Commerce Committee to VOTE NO on HB1581

Hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:00 AM in the House Business and Commerce Committee. 

Oklahoma HB1581 is a mandate to retail pet stores that they must source their animals for sale from unregulated sources such as rescues and shelters, while banning the sale of animals from licensed, inspected, regulated breeders. 

HB1581 puts the health and safety of Oklahoma consumers and citizens at risk by directing them to purchase a shelter pet only with unknown, questionable health and temperament and 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 Oklahoma. 
  • 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. 

HB1581 will destroy legal businesses and revenue for Oklahoma while putting the health and safety of Oklahomans at risk while infringing on consumer choice. 

Protect consumer choice and the health and safety of Oklahomans by VOTING NO on HB1581. 

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