This bill aims at shutting down puppy mills and hopes to encourage adoption of pets.
A proposed law that aims at stopping the sale of animals in pet stores in New York is fast gaining ground, reports People. On Monday, New York State Senate Deputy Leader Michal Gianaris announced that his bill was passed by the Domestic Animal Welfare committee. This prevents the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet shops, and its intention is to stop the puppy mill industry. The bill, which now has 17 senate co-sponsors, is inching closer to becoming a law. Gianaris in a press release said, "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.”
Brian Shapiro, The New York State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, Ben Shapiro, hailed the vote as a game-changer. He said, "With this game-changing vote, the puppy mill industry has been put on notice that their time in New York is coming to an end. This popular legislation has led to a groundswell of public support and we’re anticipating the bill’s eventual passage." The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets believes if the bill is passed, it will affect 80 registered pet stores across the state.
The President of Pet Industry Advisory Council, Mike Bobber, told WNBC that the bill would not prevent bad breeding practices, instead, it would have a negative effect on the local pet stores. He said, "These protections, along with the consumer warranties that pet stores are required by law to offer, are not mandatory for any other animal source." Libby Post, executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation suggested that rather than condemning the entire pet store business, the bill can be used effectively for industries to adjust their model. According to NY Daily News, pet stores would be "encouraged to foster partnerships with shelters and rescue groups to promote pets who are up for adoption." The Humane Society of the United States reports "there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S., fewer than 3,000 of which are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
Post said in a press release, "The state’s network of animal shelters stand at the ready to help pet stores bring adoption events to their shops in order to find good, loving families for the thousands of homeless animals we care for each year. Shutting down the Puppy Mill Pipeline in New York is not just the right action to take but the humane action needed to protect animals and New York’s citizens."