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Asheville Voice for Animals Message Board › Letter to editor

Letter to editor

A former member
Post #: 37
Honorary AVA member, Terri David, got this letter published in Avl Citizen Times:

Troxler hasn't done enough to curb puppy mills

We will soon be voting for N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture, a position with an enormous impact on the welfare of animals. The N.C. Department of Agriculture oversees animal shelters, kennels and pet shops for compliance with the N.C. Animal Welfare Act. The state legislature often consults with the commissioner when making decisions regarding laws pertaining to animals. No laws require puppy mills to be licensed, regulated and inspected. In the last two years, there have been about a dozen raids on puppy mills in N.C. With so many raids, you might think the current laws are working.
But without inspections of breeding facilities, the only recourse is to seize animals when the conditions are so horrific that the anti-cruelty statute can be invoked. By this time, there may be many dead animals, others needing urgent veterinary care, and long-term suffering. Housing, feeding and providing veterinary care can cost tens of thousands of dollars for local law enforcement agencies and animal welfare groups.
The current commissioner, Republican Steve Troxler, has not supported legislation to stop the egregious cruelty at puppy mills. His challenger, Democrat Walter Smith, supports a commercial breeder bill to stop puppy mills.

Terri David, Asheville

A former member
Post #: 1
Guess I know who I'll be voting for!
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