Animal rights activists file suit against Pennsylvania over state regulation

08/12/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Harrisburg – Animal rights activists are challenging a Pennsylvania regulation that makes it permissible for commercial dog breeders to keep puppies and mothers that are nursing in mesh floor cages, as reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer. A lawsuit filed by the California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund asserts that such an allowance is both illegal and harmful to the animals.

As noted in the report, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of three dog owners in Dauphin County who assert that the dog law, which was put in place to improve care standards for large kennels that pet stores make purchases from, or “puppy mills,” violate regulations giving dogs unrestricted exercise outdoors.

Carter Dillard, director of litigation for the group that brought forth the suit, is quoted in the report as stating, “The Department of Agriculture gutted the dog law when it essentially rewrote the standards to allow wire mesh flooring… Writing regulations that didn’t improve conditions was a blatant giveaway to breeders.”

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Pennsylvania Legal News

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