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Report Ranks Illinois Best in Animal Protection Laws, according to the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Actually, I personally agree with this…And soon, I hope, for a new law. And you read it here first:

Cook
County Sheriff Tom Dart (who we can credit for many animal protection
laws) was on my WLS show discussing the dog fighting bust at a day care
center. I suggested stiffer penalties for anyone involved in dog
fighting that’s within 1,000 feet of a school zone, children’s play lot
or day care center. Best Friend’s Animal Society is working on writing such a law with Dart’s office. Ledy Van Kavage, formerly with the ASPCA is now with Best Friends, and is responsible for writing many of our animal protection laws in Illinois. (click read more below)

We still do need laws to go after pet stores selling dogs, puppies,
kittens and cats from puppy mills and warehouse for animals (in reality puppy mills are
far more prevalent in nearby states). Or at least full disclosure laws
about where the animals in the pet store really came from, what they
really are in the first place and the truth about how long they’ve been
at the store.

HOWEVER, you can have too many laws…For
example, we don’t need mandatory spay/neuter. Laws like this, however
well-intentioned, have unintended consequences which go along with
them. At some point, the truth is, that lawyers for animal rights
groups keep going, writing laws just to write them, to further their organizations’ agendas, and to justify their own
existence. So while animal protection is a VERY good thing. And I’m
proud of what we have here in Illinois. Let’s also not go too far!

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