I explain the background of how the Puppy Mill Project has been devoted to pet stores not selling animals from commercial facilities, and how the city and then Cook County said no more dogs, cats or rabbits to be sold at pet stores.
Except right now Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy announced on WGN that she wants to amend or retract the law that has already been passed. Not sure how that can happen. One of the three original commissioners that wanted to amend or retract, has reconsidered. Fritchey notes and I agree "this doesn't make sense."
Frtichey (and he's hardly alone) suggests that Commissioner Murphy and her ally Commissioner Gorman may be succumbing to pressure from the Pet Joint Advisory Council (lobbying organization for pet stores and the pet sales industry) and the Chicago and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Associations, all of whom have financial incentive to allow pet stores to sell these animals. I personally don't believe that is why veterinarians are opposed, but the public feels differently, as Fritchey points out. And none of these groups truly are representing their constituents.
Interestingly some have commented on my blog and Facebook page in support of overturning the law (that no dogs, cats and rabbits would be sold at pet stores), yet not a single person phoned in with that point of view (I would have taken your calls...we only received calls in support); I did receive many texts and read the ones I could given time the time I have on-air.
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