In 2019, Pennsylvania State Senators Tom Killion and Andy Dinniman introduced the Pet Retail Sales Bill and called it “Victoria’s Law.” A mirror bill is being introduced by State Representatives Jason Ortitay and Harry Readshaw.
Victoria’s Law would require that pet stores in Pennsylvania discontinue the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits and only offer animals rescued from shelters and rescues. Detailed information about Victoria’s Law can be found via Humane PA PAC.
V for Victoria was not just a campaign to enrich Victoria’s life, but it was also aimed at bringing awareness to the ongoing puppy mill industry issues and atrocities. Victoria was relinquished from a legal, licensed breeding operation. Her very minimal requirements for care were legally met. The best way to stop puppy mills is to discontinue the demand for their product: their puppies. With no demand for their puppies, the puppy mills would not have consumers to keep their supply going. Ending third party sales in pet stores and over the internet would drastically reduce outlets for which the puppies can be sold, also diminishing supply.
Victoria was a brave, wonderful, beautiful and forgiving dog and her legacy will live on through Victoria’s Law. Pennsylvania residents, please contact your state senators and representatives to ask them to support SB 44 Victoria’s Law so she can leave her mark on this world after saying farewell to the happy life she finally found after so many long and difficult years.