The NYS Senate just took a giant step toward ending the “puppy mill pipeline.”
On May 5, they passed bill S.1130, which would completely end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across New York State.
The bill is sponsored by Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris from Queens, and is supported by major animal welfare organizations like the ASPCA and the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for puppy mills that abuse animals to supply pet stores. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” he said. “I thank my colleagues for joining me in passing this important legislation and look forward to working with Assemblymember Rosenthal to get this bill over the finish line.”
According to the ASPCA, there are currently thousands of puppies being sold in pet stores all across the state. The pups sold in stores usually come from “puppy mills” where they are often mistreated, kept in tiny spaces and not provided proper veterinarian care or food. Not only is in an inhumane way to treat animals, but also ends up hurting the families that purchase the dogs because they often have health and. behavioral issues down the road.
New York also has one of the country’s highest concentrations of pet stores that sell puppies.
“During the pandemic, the puppy mill industry has demonstrated their unscrupulous and greedy practices by preying on the emotions of consumers during this very challenging time,” said Allie Feldman Taylor, President of Voters For Animal Rights, another strong supporter of the bill.
“While animal shelters worked in partnership with local communities to find homes for thousands of homeless animals, the puppy mill industry ramped up breeding and sales operations to sell as many dogs and kittens as possible for the highest prices possible. They have proven, once again, that they have no interest in protecting animals or consumers.”
The bill now must be approved by the state Assembly.
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