Founded by President Deborah Howard in 1992, Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to protecting companion animals from cruelty in pet shops and puppy mills. CAPS actively addresses the abuse and suffering of pet shop and puppy mill dogs through investigations, education, media relations, legislative involvement, puppy mill dog rescues, consumer assistance and pet industry employee relations.

Check out our website: www.caps-web.org

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Models Against Pet Shops and Puppy Mills: http://www.caps-web.org/models-against-pet-shops-and-puppy-mills.php


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Aug 20, 2014
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Boycott Whole Foods! 
For more information, visit: http://www.examiner.com/article/rabbit-meat-whole-foods-market-roils-animal-rights-activists-west-hollywood

Boycott Whole Foods! 

For more information, visit: http://www.examiner.com/article/rabbit-meat-whole-foods-market-roils-animal-rights-activists-west-hollywood


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Aug 20, 2014
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Happiness is NOT Pets Protest »

Happiness is NOT Pets Protest on August 23 from 1pm-3pm in Naperville, IL.


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Aug 20, 2014
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Mass. "Puppy Doe" Bill Signed Into Law »


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Aug 19, 2014
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Orland Park Proposed Ordinance

Message from CAPS Illinois Director Ida McCarthy:
"We are very very pleased with Orland Park. Dianne (Arp) attended the meeting last night and thanked the council members for working with us and taking action. They didn’t ban the sale of dogs, they got creative and put harsher restrictions on disclosures. They will present this to the board at the next city council meeting. We hope it will pass. 

Orland Park Proposed Ordinance:
The definition of “pet shop operator” is in accordance with and is defined in the Illinois Animal Welfare Act. The definition also includes any animal dealer or animal broker. In the proposed ordinance, pet shop operators will be required all times operate their establishment(s) in full compliance with the Illinois Animal Welfare Act and the Orland Park Village Code. The main provisions of the proposed ordinance contain the following:

Disclosures Required: Every pet shop operator shall post the following written disclosures for each animal in a conspicuous location on or near the animal’s holding cage or in a centrally located area in the pet shop where they may be accessible, without request, by the public; as well as on any web site maintained by the establishment. The disclosures will be required to be provided to the customer in written form and shall be signed by both the pet shop operator and customer at the time of sale. The pet shop operator will be required to retain the original form of disclosure(s), with a copy given to the customer, along with the 
customer’s acknowledgment, for a period of not less than two (2) years from the date of sale. 

The written disclosures to the public for each animal go beyond what existing state, county and federal regulations require and include:
-The breed, lineage, approximate age, sex and color of the animal;
-Description of any inoculation or medical treatment that the animal received while in the possession of the pet shop operator;
-Whether or not the breeder is a “hobby breeder” (less than five (5) female animals);
-If the breeder is licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), USDA license number and any other license number held by the breeder within the past REQUEST FOR PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE ACTION
DATE: August 18, 2014 five (5) years;
-The breeder’s business name, mailing and breeding location addresses of the breeder, as well as any other name and business address used by the breeder;
-A website link to the USDA web site so consumers can conduct their due diligence for USDA breeders;
-Average animal population for the prior calendar quarter by the breeder by population category ranges;
-The average number of female animals capable of reproduction for the prior calendar quarter by the breeder;
-Address of the location where the animal was born as well as location(s) where the animal was housed after birth, if different from the breeder’s address, and
-Any transfers of ownership of the animal prior to its sale by an Orland Park Pet Shop Operator and, if the animal was returned by a customer, the date and reason for the return.

Enforcement and Inspections: The Village shall have the right to make inspections of the business facilities of every Pet Shop Operator within the Village to assure compliance with this Code, including the accuracy and delivery of the information in the disclosures. The original disclosure and acknowledgment will be required to be made available for inspection by any designated employee of the Village. 

Penalties for Violations: Any person or Pet Shop Operator violating any provision of this Code Section or counterfeiting or forging any disclosure, certificate or permit or resisting, impeding or obstructing any authorized officer in enforcing this Code Section is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not exceeding $1,000 for a first offense and $1,500.00 for a second offense, or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding six (6) months or both such fine and imprisonment. In addition to the above penalties, the Village business license of any pet shop operator may be suspended or revoked for failure to comply with the provisions of this ordinance.
The restrictions set forth in recommended ordinance will not apply to veterinary hospitals or clinics licensed pursuant to the Illinois Veterinary Medicine and Surgery Practice Act of 2004, or to any animal control or care facility, kennel, pound or animal training facility operated by any subdivision of a local, state or federal government, or to any humane society or animal rescue organization.

BUDGET IMPACT:
REQUESTED ACTION:
I move to refer the attached ordinance to the Village Board for consideration, subject to the legal review of additional licensing language;”


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Aug 19, 2014
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Orland trustees focus on pet shop disclosures »

CAPS would like to thank Ida McCarthy and Dianne Dorado Arp for all their hard work on behalf puppy mill dogs. Without them, the proposed ban on the sale of commercially bred pets in Orland Park, IL wouldn’t have been possible.


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Aug 19, 2014
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Animal Rights Activists Face Off Against WeHo Deputies as They Protest Whole Foods Rabbit Meat | WEHOville »


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Aug 19, 2014
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Rabbit Lovers Versus Whole Foods Market »

Animal rights activists from the Bunny World Foundation and the Companion Animal Protection Society staged a protest of Whole Foods Market in West Hollywood yesterday, participating in a nation-wide


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Aug 18, 2014
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Rabbit meat: Whole Foods Market roils animal rights activists in West Hollywood »


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Aug 18, 2014
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Orland Park Meeting »

Orland Park residents: 

Join us TODAY!


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Aug 18, 2014
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Nationwide protests against sale of rabbit at Whole Foods Markets »