The legislation would ban the sale of puppies and other animals in New York pet stores.

A bill to ban the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits at New York pet stores has just been signed by Gov. Cathy Hochol.

According to a news release from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the puppy mill pipeline bill was passed by the state legislature in early June with bipartisan support. .

Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal and Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris co-sponsored the bill, which they said was an effort to prevent breeders from surrendering their abused animals to pet owners. go

“Dog, kitty and rabbit mills use and abuse pets for sale, often riddled with congenital diseases, leaving consumers with hundreds or thousands of dollars in veterinary bills and unaccounted for. There is emotional stress.” Ms. Rosenthal said in the release. .

The New York Times reports that several pet stores in New York City and Albany have been sued by the state attorney general’s office for selling sick or abused dogs to unlicensed breeders.

According to the Times, a Long Island company was sued by the state’s AG last year for selling nine dogs that died of serious illnesses shortly after being sold.

Mike Bober is the head of the Pet Advocacy Network, a national pet trade organization. He told The Times that he was not disputing the presence of bad actors in the industry.

Still, that doesn’t change the fact that breeders are “deeply angry and frustrated by the fact that people willfully and knowingly misrepresent the state of breeding in the country,” he said.

Such laws also disrupt business, Mr Bober told the newspaper.

He cited data showing that when California banned in-store pet sales in 2019, only two of the state’s 28 stores sold dogs two years after the ban was implemented. Later stayed in business.

Supporters of the bill pointed to pet ownership data compiled by the Humane Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2017-18 Sourcebook, which showed that only 6% of people owned their own dogs. obtained from a store and only 3% obtained their cat from a pet. Stock up this year.

In a 2021-22 American Pet Products Association survey, also cited by the Humane Society, 9% of people bought their dog from a pet store and 8% got their cat from one.

Ms Hochul has not publicly commented on the bill. He has until the end of the year to sign it.

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