URGENT: HB1711 now in IL Senate, tell these Senators to VOTE NO

IL Residents: tell these IL State Senators to VOTE NO on HB1711

UPDATE: HB1711 passed the House by a 76-24-2 margin and is now in the IL Senate awaiting committee assignment. That's why it's important for Illinoisans to tell these Senators to NOT support HB1711 ahead of the next hearing whenever it is scheduled. 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 these IL Senators and tell them to VOTE NO on HB 1711.

  1. Email a key group of state Senators using the form below
  2. Contact EVERYONE you know across the state of Illinois and urge them to send emails as well. The more that officials realize why this is a bad bill many oppose, the better chance we have to make sure this is stopped in its tracks.

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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