It amazes me that all states do not have laws to regulate dog breeders, but they don’t. Wisconsin is one of the states with no such law, on Wednesday a hearing is scheduled to introduce a bill to change that.
There have been efforts over the last few years to try and get legislation but so far it has failed. Due to concerns over cost along with opposition from groups who worry about unintended consequences and the effect on good breeders. Not sure exactly what they mean when they say unintended consequences, for who?
Here are the details from the Chicago Tribune.
State Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spokeswoman Donna Gilson says Wisconsin has become a magnet for breeders because it has no regulations.
The bill requires any person who sells more than 25 dogs in one year, from at least three litters, to be licensed. Unlike previous proposals, it only applies to dogs and not other animals.
Let’s hope because the bill has been changed so it only applies to dogs some of the opposition will be eliminated. It’s not like this is some crazy bill asking for outrageous things, it simply talks about licensing, which all breeders should be. If they’re a good breeder they should not have any issues with this.
Over the last few years we’ve come so far, but we still have a very long way to go.