URGENT: Ask Gov. Pritzker to VETO HB1711

IL Residents: tell the Governor to VETO HB1711

06/08 UPDATE: HB1711 has passed both the House and Senate, and will be sent to the Governor for signature in the coming days. Gov. Pritzker will then have 60-days to sign/not-sign or return with a VETO. There's no time to lose, Illinoisans we need you to ask the Governor to VETO HB1711. Please use the Alert below today!

The issue:

HB1711 bans the regulated, retail sale of purebred puppies and kittens by retail pet stores in Illinois in favor of only allowing those stores to offer dogs and cats from shelters and rescue facilities to Illinoisans. This is despite the fact that retail pet stores in the state already source purebred dogs and cats from USDA-regulated breeders that are required to meet the standards set forth in Illinois' recent Safe Pets Bill. Why not work directly with retailers to discuss and improve standards instead of a ban?

What you can do:

Please contact Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and tell him to VETO HB 1711.

  1. Email Gov. Pritzker using the form below. 
  2. Contact EVERYONE you know across the state of Illinois and urge them to send emails as well. The Governor needs to hear from YOU on why this is a bad bill many oppose.

What this bill does:

As written, HB 1711 in Illinois removes all of the existing sourcing standards for purebred puppies and kittens that Illinois recently put in place in 2017 and prohibits retail stores in the state from offering dogs and cats for sale that are from sources regulated by the USDA. In place of those IL sourcing standards, HB 1711 forces retail pet stores across the Land of Lincoln to only offer dogs and cats from animal shelters or animal control facilities to consumers. It also damages Illinoisan’s ability to make the best choice of pet for their needs and restricts their access to regulated sources for purebred puppies and kittens.

What HB 1711 says:

Sec. 3.8. Prohibition Sourcing of dogs and cats sold by pet shops; recordkeeping.

(a) A pet shop operator may offer for sale a dog or cat only if the dog or cat is obtained from an animal control facility or animal shelter, located in-state or out-of-state, that is in compliance with Section 3.9.

The full text of HB1711 can be found here.

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