Naperville is the 341st locality in the United States to pass an
ordinance ending puppy sales in pet stores. Photo by Meredith
A Petland in Naperville, Illinois, will have to stop selling
puppies and kittens after the city council passed an ordinance
Tuesday ending such sales in pet stores.
This makes Naperville the 341st locality in the United States to
pass such a measure. There were Petland stores in several of these
localities, including Pittsburgh, Sarasota, Deerfield Beach,
Florida and Albuquerque, that had to stop sales of commercially
This is great news for animals and for those of us who have been
campaigning hard to get lawmakers to act decisively to end puppy
mill cruelty. Eight undercover investigations we have done at
Petland stores since 2018 have
uncovered horrible suffering and neglect of the animals on
sale. Our investigators have time and again reported sick
animals who were not given medical care and who, in some instances,
died. Hundreds of consumers have written to us with their own
sad stories of buying companion animals from Petland, only to
have them fall sick or perish.
Eight undercover investigations we have done at Petland stores
since 2018 have uncovered horrible suffering and neglect of the
animals on sale.
But Petland, which has been known to source animals from puppy
mills, has not simply refused to change its bad business practices;
channeled its resources toward passing preemption laws that
take away the right of local communities to stop pet stores from
selling animals sourced from mills. In fact, right now, there is a
bill in Illinois, H.B. 4105 introduced by state Representative
Margo McDermed at the behest of Petland, that would do exactly
that. If that bill passes, it would nullify anti-puppy-mill
ordinances passed by 14 communities in Illinois, including
Naperville. We cannot allow this to happen, and we will fight this
bill with all of our might.
The Naperville ordinance, which will cover Petland and one other
puppy-selling pet store, took a half-decade to secure but it passed
last night with a 5 to 4 vote, signaling the changing times. The
writing is on the wall: American consumers want to see the last of
puppy mills, and simply do not want to support businesses that help
keep this scourge alive.
Source: FS – Pets – A Humane Nation
Another Petland will have to stop selling puppies and kittens after Illinois city passes anti-puppy-mill ordinance