New legislation has been passed in Illinois in another move that will benefit animals across the state. House Bill 1711 and Senate Bills 154, 1672, and 1673 had passed the Illinois General Assembly and are on the governor’s desk for signature.

The bills will make public housing more pet inclusive, increase sterilization options for Illinois shelters, prohibit retail pet sales, and limit dog breed discrimination by insurance companies.

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“Illinois has made historic steps to save the lives of more pets across the state,” said Julie Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society. “From breaking down unfair barriers to housing for families with pets, to protecting animals from inhumane breeding, and encouraging innovative sterilization practices, Illinois is helping lead the country toward no-kill by 2025.”

HB 1171 prohibits pet stores from selling cats and dogs but allows stores to host adoption events. With this legislation, Illinois is the fifth state to stop pet stores selling dogs and cats. SB 154 requires housing providers that receive funds from the Affordable Housing Act Trust Fund to allow tenants in apartments over 500 square feet to have at least two cats or one dog under 50 pounds.

SB 1672 requires insurance companies to report on dog-related claims to help reduce breed discrimination. Homeowners and renters are often denied insurance because of different breeds of animals. And SB 1673 updates the words spay/neuter to sterilize to help shelter veterinarians use nonsurgical sterilization on shelter dogs and cats.

Sign this petition to support a nationwide ban on the sale of puppy mill animals at pet stores.

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