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Pet store protests bill that would ban puppy mills in Illinois

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FREEPORT (WREX) — A bill that sits on Illinois Governor JB Pritzker's desk could ban puppy mills, a large-scale, for-profit pet pet breeding company that often leaves animals in dangerous conditions and subject to disease. Not everyone is in favor of the legislation.

Representatives from the Furry Babies pet store protested the legislation on Thursday outside of Rep. Andrew Chesney's office in Freeport. Rep. Chesney introduced the bill earlier this year.

Representatives from the store say the proposed legislation doesn't solve the root of the issue.

"At the end of the day, the puppies' lives matter, the puppies' health matters, and where they're coming from matters. So I think we need to focus on that versus just the middle man essentially what a Furry Babies or a pet store would be," Austin Young, a General Manager with the Furry Babies pet store in Rockford, said.

Store representatives also say that the closure would cost hundreds of people their jobs. Rep. Chesney says that's not necessarily a bad thing.

"And my position is if you have a job where you're hurting animals then we need to get a new job and we need to change your behaviors," Chesney said.

House Bill 1711 passed through the Illinois General Assembly with bipartisan support and currently awaits the governor's signature.

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