Last year, 30 percent of pet owners in the AU chose to adopt shelters and rescues rather than purchasing a pet from a pet store, according to the ASPCA. Number of people opting for adoption set to rise in New York state after state Senate approved bill banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits .
New York State has one of the highest concentrations of pet stores selling puppies in the United States, said Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. Currently, pet stores in New York have thousands of puppies for sale, which are typically supplied by commercial breeding establishments, known as puppy mills.
The NYS Senate hopes this bill will prevent puppy mill breeders from profiting from dog abuse. “The closure of the pipeline from the puppy mill to the pet store cuts off a critical revenue stream for puppy mill operators,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. Puppy mills neglect to give dogs healthy food, clean water, basic veterinary care while being forced to live in wire crates. Unfortunately, these poor conditions negatively impact the health and behavior of these dogs later in life.
The bill was sponsored by Deputy Senate Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and was widely supported by animal welfare groups such as the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA ), Humane Society of the United States, New York State Federation for the Protection of Animals and more. It still has a major hurdle before it becomes law since the State Assembly must then vote on the bill and then can be enacted.
“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. “said Deputy Senate Leader Michael Gianaris.
At the start of the pandemic, the national pet adoption rate jumped 34% from the previous year, according to Shelter Animals Count. If you are interested in adopting a pet in the New York area, check out the ASPCA, Animal Care Centers of NYC, Humane Society of New York, and Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition. Another great resource, if you are looking to adopt or donate to an organization, is the Petfinder animal shelter search engine which helps you locate shelters near you.
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