New Holmes Animal Rights Laws Highlighted in “Interesting New Laws in 2022” article

HB 572 strives to put an end to abusive contractual lending practices in pet stores; HB 168 deals with cruelty to animals in public housing

SPRING FIELD – Longtime Illinois State Senate animal rights advocate, Deputy Senate Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) introduced two of her new laws in the Senate Democrats’ annual report from Illinois on the most important new laws.

HB 572 prohibits predatory lending by pet stores that charge high loan rates for customers who purchase high priced pets on credit. Pet stores in Illinois that offer installment loans for the purchase of a cat or dog may no longer offer this service.

“These are predatory loans with interest rates ranging from 30% to 150% and more,” Holmes said. “Often times, pet stores buy their animals from unscrupulous breeders and puppy mills – some in bad shape – so those consumers can also go into debt and mourn thousands of dollars. “

“We applaud Senator Holmes and the vast majority of Illinois lawmakers who have supported this bill which helps both pets and families looking to acquire a new dog or cat,” said Marc Ayers, director of Illinois for The Humane Society of the US. “Responsible practices can keep pet stores in business and encourage the adoption of so many animals into shelters that need good homes.”

In the other new law introduced by Holmes, an animal abuser no longer belongs in a house with animals. HB 168 also came into effect on January 1, allowing a court to bar a pet abuser from owning or living with other pet owners.

“Repeated animal cruelty needs an intervention to prevent offenders from potential new victims,” ​​Holmes said. “Preventing future cruelty to animals can help save resources for local agencies and shelters. This is a positive solution to a difficult problem.

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