“It’s kind of hard to believe that it took this long to get this done,” Gov. John Kasich quips with his pol-tinged half-charm. “I mean, wh-what was the holdup, right?!”
He is surrounded by animal advocates and more than a few bouncy pups, all of whom seem to cast raised eyebrows as the governor scribbles his name on a dog-breeding bill that largely accomplishes nothing.
The words Kasich personally approved on a cold day in December last winter became effective in March—kind of. Little has changed so far in the land of Ohio’s puppy mills, and not much will. Vagaries dot the bill’s language like puppy kennels along the rolling Holmes County landscape. And knotty conflicts in the process ravage whatever intent the Statehouse set about with initially.”
Why did it take so long to achieve passage of a legislative bill supported by a majority of the citizens, a bill that would protect consumers and dogs from the cruel, unscrupulous and disease-ridden practices of puppy mill breeders. How is it possible that the enactment of the much celebrated Puppy Mill Law (Senate Bill 130) will in fact provide little if any change in the way the puppy mill industry operates or in the standards of care the Ohio Department of Agriculture are now supposed to establish and regulate…
Read Caged: How Ohio Politicians Keep the State’s Puppy Mill Business Booming with Little Regulation and tell us what you think.