The New York Senate passed a bill ban the retail sale of animals in pet stores. The bill was part of a comprehensive set of laws the state Senate has advanced to fight for animal welfare. State senators introduced seven bills focused on animal testing, animal cruelty, animal abandonment, ban on puppy mill sales, insurance discrimination for dog breeds, veterinary drug information and African trophy imports.
This billsponsored by Deputy Senate Leader Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, would ban the sale of animals like cats, dogs and rabbits in pet stores and shut down the “puppy mill to pet store pipeline.”
With so many animals in shelters needing homes, there’s no reason puppy mills need to raise more animals.
“With so many good animals to save, there’s no need for animal-abusing puppy mills to supply pet stores,” Gianaris said. âOur four-legged friends should be treated with respect, not like commodities. I am pleased that this important proposal continues to build momentum in the Legislative Assembly.
Gianaris has been pushing for this legislation for years. Lawmakers say most animals sold in pet stores come from animal production “factories” that are often incredibly cruel to animals.
Aggressive breeding of these animals can lead to lasting health problems for the animals. According to a statement from Gianaris’ office, animals often have “congenital problems resulting from poor breeding and can cost families thousands of dollars in veterinary care.”
Many states are finally working to end cruel puppy mills. Recently, the Virginia General Assembly past several bills to protect animal welfare in breeding facilities after disgraceful conditions were exposed to the Cumberland beagle breeder last year. After inspection by USDA discovered more than 300 puppy deaths from “unknown causes” in just six months, the breeding facility has been accused of unsafe housing, inadequate veterinary care and a lack of record keeping.
“It’s no secret that puppy mills breed cruelty, but many people still don’t realize that when you buy an animal from a pet store, you are unwittingly supporting puppy mills,” MP Linda said. B. Rosenthal, D-Manhattan.
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