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New York’s pet stores will be prohibited from selling dogs, cats or rabbits starting in 2024. CBS News reports. The legislation, also known as the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (or simply the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill), has been in development for some time. Gov. Kathy Hochul signing it into law Thursday, Dec. 15,
This ban is intended to stop abusive breeding practices. puppy and kitten mills. These mills often provide young animals for pet shops. California and Illinois have already banned these mills.
Pets First, Not Pet Stores
“Dogs, cats and rabbits across New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment,” said the governor in a statement. “I’m proud to sign this legislation, which will make meaningful steps to cut down on harsh treatment and protect the welfare of animals across the state.”
“New York State will no longer allow brutally inhumane puppy mills around the country to supply our pet stores and earn a profit off animal cruelty and unsuspecting consumers,” said Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal in a statement. “Countless families will be spared the heartache of spending thousands on a beloved new pet that is genetically damaged and chronically ill.”
Pet parents who purchase kitten or puppy mill animals can easily spend thousands of dollars on veterinary care.
Promotion of Adoption
This legislation prohibits the sale or adoption of cats, dogs, and rabbits. In the meantime, pet shops will be able to charge shelters rent in exchange for their use of their space as adoption services.
“By ending the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores, shelters and rescues will be able to partner with these stores to showcase adoptable animals and place them into forever homes,” Rosenthal explained.
The bill is not yet finalized. passed in June Hochul signed the document with bipartisan support.
But not everyone is happy. People United to Protect Pet Integrity (PUPPI) advocates for pet stores in the state. It stated that the bill would make it impossible for smaller stores to remain open. In a statement, Jessica Selmer, president of PUPPI, described it as “counterproductive”.
Meanwhile, breeders who breed, raise, and sell animals born on their own property won’t be affected by the new legislation.