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STOP Puppy Mills! Rally for Legislation!

I have been involved with this issue for a long time and would love for any available and interested "PALLS" to rally at the capitol on this day:


IN SUPPORT OF S.F. 36/H.F. 84 

FEB. 19, 2013 TUES. 3-4pm

Minnesota has no State law to license, inspect or regulate dog and cat breeders. Protect dogs, cats, puppies and kittens in commercial breeding facilities.

Help pass the MN Dog and Cat Breeder Regulation Bill.  For more information go to:

The issue:


Unscrupulous or substandard dog and cat breeders create inhumane breeding conditions that result in serious harm and suffering to animals.

Unlike reputable dog and cat breeders who care and invest in an animal's well-being, unscrupulous and substandard breeders view dogs and cats as ‘products’ to be mass produced for profit. Breeding is defined solely as a business. The more puppies and kittens produced, the greater the sales. Therefore, for these type of breeders,quantity of dogs and cats is the goal — not quality or health of each animal’s life.

As this is a primary source of income for these breeders, they and their supporters consider this form of breeding to be “free enterprise” or “making a fair living.” Puppies and kittens are commodities to be sold to pet stores or other companies (via brokers) or directly to consumers from the Internet or through classified ads. Adult breeding dogs or cats are bred continuously, often caged their entire lives (6, 8 or up to 10 years) until they are of no use and then killed, sold at auction or retired (e.g., kept within the facility, sold at discounted prices or give to rescue groups).

Dogs and puppies or cats and kittens are housed in overcrowded, often filthy cages where many of the animals become physically sick or are in-bred, passing on genetic diseases. Even if sanitation standards were met, high volume breeders ‘save money’ by having fewer employees, contributing to behavioral issues because the animals have limited or no human contact, exercise and socialization. To increase profit margins and save even more money, corners are cut in operations, such as providing minimal veterinarian care, poor quality or limited food, and no bedding or protection from heat or cold.

Consumers are often unaware of these breeding conditions or physical and psychological health issues, and buy based on how “cute” the animal looks.

This is unregulated commerce, where, as with other unregulated industries, certain individuals and businesses act irresponsibly and are not held accountable. The unique difference with the dog and cat breeding industry is the fact that the 'product' is life, not an inanimate object.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's reschedule this rally. I'm not well already and it's way too cold to be outside for an extended period of time...

    February 19, 2013

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    A former member

    New Parking Pay Stations
    Beginning on December 3, 2012, Plant Management installed new multi-space parking meters in state-owned visitor parking locations on the Capitol Complex. Payment options include Visa/MasterCard credit and debit cards, $1 and $5 dollar bills, as well as coins at a rate of $1.50 per hour or $6.00 for an all-day rate. Easy to follow screen prompts provide instructions and each transaction will generate a receipt showing the expiration time with the stall number for reference. Customers will be able to add time from any state e-Park pay station. Public Parking Locations with new multi-space meters include - Lot AA, Lot F, Lot H, Lot K, Centennial Orange Level, Lot U, Lot W, Lot Q and Aurora. Public metered parking is not available on Aurora during Legislative Session.

    February 17, 2013

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    February 17, 2013

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    Map of the capitol and surrounding parking

    February 17, 2013

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    A former member

    February 16, 2013

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