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New York passes bill to end the sales of pets in retail stores
Getting closer to a full ban!
Gianella Argao
06.17.22

Puppy mills are every pet lover’s nightmare. Not only are the methods inhumane, but this isn’t helping all the animals in the shelter. But now, pet lovers in New York are rejoicing.

The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill, which bans the selling of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores, was approved by the New York State Legislature on June 3.

The bill is now ready for signing into law by the state’s governor, Kathy Hochul.

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According to ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker, “Having one of the country’s highest concentrations of pet stores that sell puppies, New York state needs to end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet shops by finally passing the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill.”

Similar legislations have been passed in a number of other states and localities, including Dallas, Maryland, and California, and New York is no exception.

The United States is getting closer to outlawing the selling of pets from shady breeders.

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This also includes puppy and kitten factories. Thankfully, these laws are increasing and are being approved at a faster rate.

These businesses will suffer financial losses as more states prohibit the purchase of puppies and kittens from mills, which should put a stop to these kinds of businesses completely.

Everyone else seems infuriated, to say the least.

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The Humane Society of the United States recently conducted an investigation and discovered that numerous pet stores in New York, as well as retailers in other states including Florida, Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey, among others, buy pups from puppy mills that profit from the breeding of animals.

Puppy and kitten mill animals are frequently kept in filthy, overcrowded environments without access to necessary medical care.

Breeders even often ignore basic breeding practices and health testing requirements.

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“If consumers knew where the puppies, kittens, and rabbits sold at pet sores came from, they would be appalled,” executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation Libby Post said. “The conditions and treatment these animals endure is inexcusable.”

New York’s pet shops will still be permitted to partner with rescue groups to provide animals for adoption.

“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for pet stores to sell animals from abusive puppy mills,” Michael Gianaris, bill sponsor and Senate Deputy Leader, remarked. “Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities.”

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If this bill finally turns into a law, it will help more abandoned animals find their forever homes. It will also save so many animals from breeders and their cruel breeding processes.

Being a pet owner is an honor.

It’s not something to be taken lightly. It requires utter preparation and the readiness for a long-term commitment. Pets are precious and we can start by supporting causes that fight animal cruelty.

Before taking home a new pet into your home, make sure that you’re not supporting inhumane breeding methods.

And last but not least: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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By Gianella Argao
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Gianella Argao is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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