COLORADO, USA – DENVER POST REPORTS: A law designed to stop puppy and kitten mills supplying pet stores has been dropped because ‘we cannot be anti-business’ in the words of Republican Richard Holtorf, who sits on the Colorado House Rural Affairs and Agriculture Committee of the legislature.
No doubt the bill was intended to improve companion animal welfare in Colorado. Puppy and kitten mills are businesses focusing on maximum profit at the expense of cat and dog welfare. But despite everyone knowing this Rep. Monica Duran, the bill’s sponsor, has failed to get her bill onto the statute books.
She amended and softened the bill to try and overcome objections from representatives of pet store businesses but failed. She wanted to ensure that pet stores were supplied by licensed breeders and to display a sworn statement that the breeder had complied with certain standards. That’s not asking a lot is it? Well, yes it was asking too much of people who want to sell cats and dogs at a maximum profit while shoving welfare aside.
Rep. Monica Duran said that she is heartbroken. Her softening amendments meant that she had lost supporters who wanted a tougher law but even the compromised version of her bill did not go far enough for the hard businessmen who run pet stores.
The animal breeders, kennel clubs and pet store owners were more influential in swaying the opinion of Colorado’s legislature. They decided that the impact on business would be too detrimental.
As an outsider it appears that President Trump’s primary method of attracting support, namely a burgeoning economy, is rubbing off on state legislators. The mood is to make money not to enhance animal welfare even if the American economy is built on the back of printing money and 22 trillion dollars of debt, the highest it has ever been. One day that debt will crush the US economy. Trump is a typical businessman: short term thinking rules all decision making. He’s bad news for America. There will be a bad legacy of his time as president.
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