NEW YORK — The New York Assembly and Senate have passed a bill banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.
The legislation (S1130 and A4283) will also authorize collaboration with entities to provide a venue for showing cats or dogs available for adoption.
All it takes now is for Governor Kathy Hochul to sign it.
According to the Senate version of the bill, “At a time when healthy, loving pets await adoption from animal shelters across the state, there is simply no reason to allow the sale of puppy mill animals…. This bill would encourage the adoption of dogs, cats and rabbits and ensure that the animals no longer face the cruelty, physical and psychological abuse that the puppy mill supply chain subdues the animals.”
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The bill would go into effect one year after Hochul signed it.
Veterinarian Eileen Jefferson wrote an op-ed in the Times Union saying similar legislation has already been passed in Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Washington and California.
While cute animals on display in pet stores can inspire impulse purchases, Jefferson said animals “often arrive at pet stores afflicted with infections, parasites and other ailments resulting from the cramped and unsanitary conditions of the factory.” as well as the lack of adequate veterinary care. .
Marcia Tupper, president of Fixing to Help, CNY Spay/Neuter Incentive Program Inc., urged Hochul to sign the bill in a Syracuse.com opinion piece.
She called puppy mills ‘animal cruelty’, adding that they raise animals through every heat cycle with no time for the mother to rest between litters.
“If Bill dies, so will the suffering dogs, cats and rabbits,” Tupper said.
Many pet store owners have pushed back against a possible ban on selling dogs, cats and rabbits.
Jessica Selmer of Selmer’s Pet Land in Huntington Station said the law, if signed by Hochul, could put her store out of business, according to Fox 5 New York.
She is pro-rescue, but she insisted that the puppies she sells come from regulated, reputable breeders. She stressed that it was not fair to force her to source animals from non-profit adoption organizations.
“I feel manipulated and feel like the government is taking my stuff away from me,” Selmer said.
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