House Ag Committe Meeting

Wed, May 16, 2018 - 10:30am to 1:30pm


We will be returning to Lansing to block HB5916 and HB917!

As founder of Puppy Mill Awareness - Michigan and Michigan Friends of Companion Animals Coalition, I would like to invite animal advocates, shelters, rescues, veterinarians, animal welfare organizations and all other stakeholders to join me again in Lansing to oppose legislation that would protect cruel puppy mills and their pet store sales outlets.

We will gather at 9:30 am in the lobby of the House Office Building (124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933) which is across from the capitol building. Sign in at the desk (bring your photo I.D) and collect your visitor sticker.

We will then proceed to the House Agriculture Committee Hearing at 10:00 am. The committee meets at 10:30 am on the 3rd Floor in room 327.

The committee chairman, Rep. Tom Barrett (Eaton County) is pushing the bills despite strong opposition from the animal welfare community. He told us he plans to add them to the 5/16 agenda.

If the bills are not on the agenda, we will instead visit our representatives, urge them to oppose HB5916/5917 and drop off fact sheets. If your representative is available, ask them if they have a few minutes to discuss the bills and leave the fact sheet with them or speak with their legislative staffer.

If the bills are on the agenda, make sure you fill out a card near the entrance indicating you are in “opposition” to the bills. If you wish to speak, check the box. Do not hold on to the cards. Make sure you submitt them to the person wearing the red jacket at the door.

HB 5916/5917, referred to as “the Petland bills” after the legislation’s primary backer, would allow pet stores to continue sourcing from large-scale, inhumane commercial breeding facilities and to continue to sell sick puppies to the public, while at the time stripping cities, towns, and counties in the state of the authority to address this issue. Three existing ordinances, in Eastpointe, Fraser, and New Baltimore, that prohibit the sale of puppy mill puppies, would be voided.

More than 260 communities throughout Michigan and across the U.S. have taken important legislative steps to address the cruelty of pet mills, and this ability should not be taken away. Local governments should be permitted to regulate pet dealers and enact their own appropriate laws without interference from the state legislature.

Please review the fact sheet and make a copy for your representative.

Dress professionally to meet with legislators. A business suit or slacks/skirt and a jacket are appropriate. Animal organizations are encouraged to wear their t-shirts! Don’t forget your picture I.D.

There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance of the House Office Building in the Washington Square. There is a coffee shop in the lobby of the building.

Here is a map showing parking ramps in downtown Lansing. Save yourself time to drive around just in case. Some of the close parking garages are full by 10:00 am. There is on-street parking around the capitol, but it is metered and only allows a certain amount of hours; you won’t enjoy running out every couple of hours to feed the meter! Please consider carpooling with advocates in your area to save on gas and parking costs.

I look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at or Pam Sordyl at (734) 718-7100 with any questions.

Thank you for protecting our pets!

Pam Sordyl
Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan
Michigan Friends of Companion Animals

Anderson House Office Building
124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48933

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