Please testify in person or submit testimony in support of anti-puppy mill legislation in CT...
These are public hearings, all are encouraged to attend and show support for legislation that would require Connecticut's 16 pet shops to source their animals only from rescues, shelters, and pounds - no commercially bred animals. This is a business-friendly and humane step toward ending the operation of puppy mills for good. Please see http://humanepetshops.wordpress.com/where-do-pet-shops-get-their-puppies/ for more information on puppy mills.
The first will be at 7:00PM on Wednesday, October 16th, in the Boardroom of the Fairfield Public Schools Central Office at 501 Kings Hwy East in Fairfield, CT. The topic of this hearing will be “Ways to Improve the Puppy Industry and Ensure Healthy Animals in CT”.
The second will be here in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford at 1PM on Wednesday, November 13th in room 1D. The topic of that hearing will be “Should Puppy Stores be Banned in CT?”
Both hearings will follow typical Public Hearing procedures which are as follows: Speakers will sign up no earlier than one hour before the hearing outside of the room. Sign-ups will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The first hour will be reserved for any legislators or chief elected officials who wish to testify. Speakers at the hearing will be limited to three minutes of spoken testimony, after which, the members of the Task Force will have the option to ask questions.
Written testimony will be accepted, preferably e-mailed no later than the day before the hearing to [masked]. Testimony will be accepted at the time of speaker sign-ups, however if not submitting electronically, a speaker must bring fifteen copies for the Task Force.