New York: pet sales banned in stores
People in New York will soon be unable to purchase dogs from pet stores. The New York State Legistlature has recently passed a bill where pet sales are banned in store.
According to an article from People, the Puppy Mill Pipeline bill has been passed but is waiting to be signed into law. The ASPCA says the bill is going to “stop the flow of cruelly bred puppies into New York.”
“Once signed into law, the Puppy Mill Pipeline bill will finally end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet shops across New York state, which has one of the country’s highest concentrations of pet stores that sell puppies,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker.
“Shutting down the puppy mill pipeline will help stop retail sellers and commercial breeders from engaging in — and profiting from — unconscionable brutality.”
Puppy Mill Pipeline and the Pet Sales in New York Stores
Pet sales banned in stores are possible thanks to the pressure of many animal advocacy groups. Among them, we count:
- the Humane Society of the United States
- New York State Animal Protection Federation
- Voters For Animal Rights
- Companion Animal Protection Society
- Animal Legal Defense Fund, and
- the NYC Bar Association’s Animal Law Committee.
“Puppy mills breed cruelty. Banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in New York pet stores will deal the puppy mill-to-pet store pipeline a near-mortal blow.”; Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal said.
“The cute puppies, kittens, and bunnies in pet store windows mask a sad reality. These animals are products of horrific neglect in puppy mills.”
“Puppy, kitty, and bunny mills use and abuse animals to churn out pets for sale, which are often riddled with congenital diseases that cost unsuspecting consumers hundreds or thousands of dollars in veterinary bills and incalculable emotional stress.”
Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris believes this step will also prevent animal abuse.
“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for abusive puppy mills to supply pet stores. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” he said.
The ASPCA says almost half of the puppies that are sold within New York pet stores come from Missouri. Large amounts of puppy mills locate there.