On Wednesday evening, Pennsylvania legislature passed an important bill at the urging of the ASPCA to protect and improve the lives of puppies born and bred into puppy mills. Though many animal rights advocates believe the bill doesn't go far enough in the prevention of inhumane treatment to animals born and bred under conditions similar to those known to be used in commercial concentrated animal feeding operations, the bill does require some important first steps.
The bill calls for puppy mills to double the cage space required for dogs in Pennsylvanias commercial breeding facilities, prohibits wire flooring and the stacking of cages, mandates exercise and twice-yearly veterinary exams for all dogs, and requires that animals be humanely euthanized by licensed veterinarians.
With the passage of the bill, Pennsylvania hopes to shed its reputation as the Puppy Mill Capital of the East, says the ASPCA. And the bill will certainly improve the lives of thousands of puppies bred for commercial profit in Pennsylvania. But let's hope that it goes beyond that. Let's hope this raises awareness among the public and puts a stop to the exploitation of defenseless baby animals for monetary gain.
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