Our dream is to see the
expansion of Act 90 minimum standards of care to ALL dogs in Wisconsin -- not
just those in the care of licensed dog sellers. We consider it disgraceful that
current humane laws allow some pet and hunting dogs to live in deplorable
conditions that fall far short of those mandated by Act 90 for dogs in
commercial breeding establishments!
In 2009, the
Wisconsin State Legislature unanimously passed Act 90, a law regulating dog
breeders and sellers in our state. Throughout 2010, WPMP was part of the Dog
Sellers Advisory Committee which helped the Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection formulate fair, enforceable
Administrative rules. Since Act 90 (now s.173.41, Wis. Stats.) went into effect
in June 2011, MANY breeders and sellers have been regulated and have either
given up the business OR have come into compliance under ACT 90. The
legislation has made a HUGE difference in the lives of thousands of dogs in
But -- sadly,
there are still abuses; there are still dogs (and other animals) in Wisconsin
needing our help. Some commerical breeders have found or created
"loopholes" to evade regulation; some have even gone
"underground". Some licensed breeders may only "spruce up"
when an inspector is expected. And our recent participation in the campaign
against the use of dogs to track and hunt wolves has heightened our awareness
of the deplorable conditions under which many so-called "hounders"
keep, breed, transport, and hunt their dogs.
excellent Act 90 Dog Seller Program, the Animal Legal Defense Fund ranked
Wisconsin in the bottom tier (#44) for overall animal protection laws in 2015.
(ALDF 2015 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings
(pdf))Wisconsin's existing "Chapter 951: Crimes Against Animals"
as it applies to pets and hunting dogs is vague and open to interpretation,
making enforcement difficult, if not impossible frustrating citizens and
law enforcement investigators alike. (Read
Chapter 951 for yourself.)
help, Wisconsin Puppy Mill Project will be there to continue the fight for
solid, enforceable animal protection regulation. Currently, among other issues,
we are campaigning for regulation of exotic species as pets, safer public lands
for people and animals, protection of wild species, and promoting humane
standards for the use of hunting hounds.
The links in
this section examine existing laws and any new legislation that is in the
works. The "ARCHIVES" section lists some past efforts and our
positions on them.
"Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
thing that ever has."
"The only way to
defeat a strong united front is to become one yourself!"
Barbara J. Davis
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