The New York State Senate passed a pet store ban to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.
Bill S.1130 seeks to end commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. It is sponsored by Queens Senator Michael Gianaris and is also supported by a number of animal welfare organizations including the Humane Society of the United States, the ASPCA and Animal Legal Defense Fund.
“With so many good animals in need of rescuing, there is no need for puppy mills that mistreat animals to supply pet stores. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not as commodities ”, Gianaris said in a statement.
Biparty legislation was introduced by Gianaris and Manhattan MP Linda B. Rosenthal in 2018. It was passed in the New York State Senate in 2019; however, he did not reach the floor of the Assembly.
But Gianaris has high hopes for the bill this year. “We are seeing progress in the Assembly this year. Hopefully this will be implemented before the end of the session ”, he told Pix11 news.
Once approved, the legislation will enter into force one year after its adoption. Pet stores will not be able to sell pets obtained from breeders. However, he encourages pet stores to work with animal rescue groups and humanitarian companies to offer their animals for adoption.
New York pet store ban
A puppy mill, also known as a puppy farm, is a dog breeding establishment that intensively, and in many cases inhumanely, breeds dogs for sale. Puppies sold in pet stores usually come from these factories.
Puppy mills often raise animals in appalling living conditions without adequate veterinary care, shelter and food.
“If consumers knew where the puppies, kittens and rabbits sold in pet stores came from, they would be appalled. The conditions and treatments these animals undergo are inexcusable ‘, said Libby Post, executive director of the New York State Federation of Animals, a supporter of the bill. “This bill prevents pet stores and unwitting consumers from supporting an inhumane industry.
Last year, a secret Humane Society investigation found that several puppy mills in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri were raising dogs in “conditions that are far removed from the happy and comfortable environments that pet stores generally claim. their puppies come from “. Twenty New York pet stores have purchased puppies from several of these breeders.
New York City has one of the highest concentrations of pet stores in the United States and the new legislation could change the lives of hundreds of animals.
“The shutdown of the puppy mill pipeline will help prevent unscrupulous breeders from engaging in and profiting from unreasonable brutality.” Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of ASPCA, said in a statement. “We are delighted to see the Senate pass this bill, and we look forward to working with Senator Gianaris and Assembly Member Rosenthal to advance the bill throughout the Legislature into law. , signaling New York’s determination to reject animal cruelty statewide. “
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