humane standards of care

First published on April 3, 2016, 10:27 p.m. MST, at http://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/2016/04/04/puppy-mill-sb1248/82532418/

Republished with permission.

My Turn: No one wants inhumane breeders to flourish. But puppy mill ordinances have unintended consequences that make matters worse.

Animal welfare is a philosophy that promotes stewardship of species and individual animals. Many of us practice this philosophy day in

West Virginia has taken the first step in joining a number of states that have adopted regulations governing the standards of care farmers must provide to livestock in their care, by proposing standards of their own.

New Jersey, Colorado and Ohio already have regulations governing the minimum humane standards of care required for the raising