New York passes bill banning sale of pets supplied by ‘puppy mills’

This action could bring barking of joy.

In the final hours of the 2022 legislative session, state lawmakers passed a bill that would ban pet stores from selling animals supplied by abusive breeders or “puppy mills” — and instead encourage the adoption of dogs and cats in rescue shelters.

The measure, sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Rep. Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) now goes to Gov. Kathy Hochul for final approval after dragging on for years.

Lawmakers said the “pipeline from puppy mill to pet store” has led to animal abuse by breeders.

“With so many good animals to save, there is no need for abusive puppy mills to supply pet stores,” said Gianaris, Deputy Senate Majority Leader.

“Our four-legged friends should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” Gianaris said.

The legislation would allow shop owners to sell animals from non-profit adoption organizations and animal welfare groups – such as the Humane Society or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“People are becoming more and more aware of the horrors of puppy mills and they want nothing to do with it,” said MP Linda Rosenthal.
Michel Gianaris
Deputy New York State Senate Majority Leader Michael Gianaris co-sponsored the bill.
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MP Rosenthal said: “People are becoming increasingly aware of the horrors of puppy mills and they want nothing to do with it.

“And we see in New York in particular, everyone seems to have a pet and they want their pets to come from good places and they want healthy pets and the sad reality is that pet stores get their dogs from puppy mills where they are raised in horrific circumstances,” Rosenthal added.

About 80 retail pet stores would be affected. Some had previously warned that such a law would put them out of business without doing anything to curb breeders who cage animals in basements without access to veterinary care, because they will only be selling creatures online.

But animal rights activists rejoiced.

“Closing the puppy mill pipeline will help prevent retail vendors and commercial breeders from engaging in and profiting from unconscionable brutality,” said ASPCA President Matt Bershadker.