Pet Stores Sell Dogs Mass Produced, Putting An End to the Practice in Cook County

Pet Stores Sell Dogs Mass Produced, Putting An End to the Practice in Cook County
with Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey

Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey (12th district) was on Steve Dale's Pet World on WGN Radio,  Listen HERE.

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.

Attempting to be fair, here's a story I authored for my national newspaper column with both points of view, mine and also Patti Strand, president of the National Animal Interest Alliance.

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  • You state: 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 .......I am the PUBLIC and I don't believe that is why veterinarians are opposed. They are opposed because it is not a good ordinance.

  • In reply to Jeanob:

    That didn't come out right....I agree with you Steve. I am glad veterinarians are opposed and I hope that others will take note of their disapproval.

  • In reply to Jeanob:

    Not all Vets put profits ahead of the welfare of the animals. But some do. The ones who support pet stores are supporting puppy mill cruelty. The site below was created by a Veterinarian who does not contract with pet stores to get volume business at the expense of the animals and consumers. One day people will look back on this dirty business of mass producing puppies at commercial breeders to make money and wonder how an advanced society could allow such inhumane treatment of man's best friend. Children will ask why we let this happen and what we did to stop it. What will your answer be?
    http://www.pupquest.org/about-pet-shops.html

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