The Cook County Anti-Puppy Mill Bill, which would ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits, and to source their pets from shelters and other animal rescue organizations, has been facing a lot of opposition since it was passed in the spring. Originally slated for enactment on October 1, a recent lawsuit has derailed the bill, and a federal judge is delaying the start date until he can decide on the merits of the suit. While this turn of events in unfortunate, it is not surprising to those who have been working on the side of the ordinance. Kathy Mordini has the full story on her Raining Cats and Dogs blog:
The ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores in Cook County won’t go into effect as early as planned. Judge Matthew Kennelly has delayed the start of the ban which was to go into effect on October 1st until he can hear the merits of a lawsuit filed on Monday by the owners of three pet stores effected by the ban.
The owners of Happiness is Pets in Arlington Heights and Petland stores in Hoffman Estates and Chicago Ridge filed the lawsuit earlier this week. According to the Redeye –
The suit claimed the law is unconstitutional because it is overly vague, violates the Commerce Clause by interfering with interstate commerce, provides unequal protection, impairs business contracts and would put the shop owners out of business and cause them “financial ruin.”
“This is not an unexpected turn of events. Instead of making the choice to go humane and do the right thing, they have opted to stay the course and continue to sell dogs from puppy mills,” says Cari Meyers, founder of The Puppy Mill Project. Her group worked with County Commissioner John Fritchey to pass the ban. “What I have had a hard time understanding is that they keep saying they don’t purchase from puppy mills, if that is the case, then what is the problem…it’s all money over morals.”
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