New Jersey Pet Store Bill
Debora Bresch ...........................
Jon Patch talks to Debora Bresch, Senior Director of Government Relations for the ASPCA about the new NJ bill governing pet stores. The purpose of the bill, which the state Senate Economic Growth Committee approved, is to make consumers aware of whether their pets were born in “puppy mills” that house the animals in inhumane conditions.
Under the bill (S1870), when selling a cat or dog, pet stores most post on its cage or enclosure the breeder’s name, address, phone number and United States Department of Agriculture license number. The information would be required in internet and print advertisements as well.
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Debora joined the ASPCA in November 2001. In her capacity as Senior Director of Government Relations, she drafts and lobbies for passage of animal-friendly legislation; has contributed amicus curiae to legal proceedings on behalf of animals; and advises legislators, law enforcement, and individuals regarding questions concerning animals and the law. Debora recently helped form and became president of Connecticut Votes for Animals and chair of Connecticut Votes for Animals-PAC, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization and political action committee, respectively, dedicated to the legislative advancement of animals. Debora also serves as vice chair of the American Bar Association's Animal Law Committee and co-chair of the Humane Education Subcommittee and has created, moderated, and spoken on a variety of panels sponsored by the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Issues Pertaining to Animals. She is also involved in animal rescue, is married to Michael, a resident physician, and is guardian to Ellie, an American StaffordshireTerrier, and Mae, a pit bull/boxer mix.