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Dog Lovers Rejoice! Pet Registry Means Pet Stores No Longer Able to Hide the Fact that Puppies Came from Out of State Brokers

John Powers 28 August 2010 No Comment

What keeps our politicians busy these days?  Pensions..Who needs one? Deficits: Gotta buy those votes..don’t we? Two wars in West Asia and a lot of shooting on the West Side that can wait.  There is no issue is more critical to the fate of the Republic and the State of Illinois than Pet Registries.

Our august and serene State Legilature has put the pressing problems of the State to sleep, and taken a shot at regulating pet purchasing by passing the landmark House Bill 5772 amending The Animal Welfare Act to provide for much greater transparency in documentation of pets before sale.

As Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (the politician without a pooch in the picture) puts it

Now pet stores will no longer be able to hide the fact that they acquire their dogs and cats from puppy or kitten mills or large out-of-state brokers that buy from such mills.

We can all rest a bit easier knowing this information, but Canine Advocate Penny Elms takes it a bit further, telling us that HB 5772 creates something of a Socialist Utopia for our animal buddies, and heads off some of those bad-old profits.

Additionally, by making dog breeders accountable for the health and quality of the puppies that they produce, one could hope that irresponsible breeders that focus solely on profits will be reduced, or even eliminated. With shelters across the nation over-flowing with homeless cats and dogs, there should never be a reason to purchase a companion animal.

Ah, one can dream of a perfect world were you would never need to purchase a companion animal, but is this reality or just a time-sink for our pandering politicians?  See Tom Dart and Dick Durbin, each with pooch, for attached pandering photo.

I have personally worked on many issues with the Brady campaign for Illinois Governor, and along with other Brady supporters taken every opportunity to avoid mentioning canine related issues.  Quite a few Illinois voters have noticed that Illinois is Broke, and all the pet registries in the world will not fix the financial crisis that the State is in.  Brady has a long track record as a fiscally responsible lawmaker.  He has taken up the challenge of addressing structural and fiscal issues and stayed away from the trivial issues which have bogged down State Government for years.  Good, that is why a leading number of voters (and I) support Brady.

So what is the media to do?  Well Ed McLelland the utterly juvenile NBC5 blogger has stretched down and dirty with a rhyming load of deranged drivel, reaching a new low in his already bottom scratching analysis.  No Ed, making up a rap song with such clever wordplay as

“But Bill, what if you won, wouldn’t it be weird?”
Not as weird as a wedding between two queers.

is not going to get us out of a fiscal nightmare, create a new job, nor give the voters the least bit of useful information about the State of Illinois and the politicians who govern us.

It is long since time for our politicians and media to take on some adult priorities.  Coasting along as if the only thing we had to worry about in this State was the profit motives of puppy mills and trite analysis about the fashion of the day is what got us in this mess in the first place.   The voters and media consumers of the State of Illinois deserve something better.


John Powers is the President of the Chicago Daily Observer

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