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California Could Become the First State to Ban Puppy Mills
As much as we love adorable puppies, the sad truth is that the ones sold at pet stores can come from large-scale commercial dog breeding facilities where profit is prioritized over welfare and not all of the animals are treated humanely. Thankfully, lawmakers in California are doing something to stop this.
On Tuesday, bill A.B. 485 Pet Rescue and Adoption Act passed unanimously in the California Senate with a 32-0 vote, reportsPeople. The bill needs to go back to the Assembly for a procedural vote, but if passed it will ban all statewide pet shops from selling cruelty-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Now pet shops will have to get animals from local shelters and rescues, making it easier for Californians to live by the motto "adopt, don't shop." As long as the Assembly approves it and Governor Jerry Brown signs it, A.B. 485 is expected to pass by Friday.
The bill was introduced by Assembly Members Patrick O'Donnell and Matt Dababneh with sponsorship by Social Compassion, an animal advocacy group. "A.B. 485 gives so many shelter animals the chance to find their forever homes, while simultaneously cutting off the outlet for puppy mill animals into our state," Patrick toldNBC San Diego.
Thirty-six different municipalities in California have already enacted similar ordinances, but this would be the first time an entire state has placed local protections to mill-bred animals, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
"By prohibiting the sale of commercially bred dogs and cats in pet stores, California will cut off the supply of inhumanely bred puppies into communities across the state, and prevent consumers from unwittingly supporting this cruel industry," Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA toldPeople.
Puppy mill animals are normally kept in overcrowded kennels and often arrive to the pet store with diseases ranging from parasites to pneumonia, says the ASPCA. But this bill will make steps toward ending the practices of puppy mills and other cruel breeders for good.
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