The bill aimed at curbing puppy mills throughout the state is just one step away from becoming law.
The sale of animals in New York pet stores might soon be illegal after a recently proposed legislation. The bill aims at curbing puppy mills throughout the state by stopping retail pet shops from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits. On Monday, State Senate Deputy Leader Michal Gianaris revealed that his bill, which has now gained the support of 17 co-sponsors, has been passed by the Domestic Animal Welfare committee. During a press release, Gianaris explained the need to prevent abuse of animals in such breeding facilities. "With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for puppy mills that abuse animals to supply pet stores," he expressed.
YES!!! It's now law in California and hopefully New York and all the other states will follow! :) Proposed Law Could Ban Sales of Dogs, Cats, Bunnies in New York Pet Stores https://t.co/h6py8ENvPs via @YahooEnt— RockinPetsFoundation (@PetsRockin) February 5, 2020
"Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities," he continued. The New York State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, Brian Shapiro, regarded the vote "game-changing" and 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." According to the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets which oversees pet dealers, about 80 registered pet stores across the state will be affected by it.
The recent passage brings the bill a step closer to becoming law, however, many have raised their concern regarding the latest legislation, including the president and CEO of the Pet Industry Advisory Council, Mike Bober. Speaking to WNBC, Bober explained how the potential law won't really curb bad breeding practices but would definitely have a negative impact on locally-owned pet stores. Therefore, he suggested that more importance should be given to strengthening and then enforcing federal rules governing the pet industry. "These protections, along with the consumer warranties that pet stores are required by law to offer, are not mandatory for any other animal source," he added.
However, the executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation, Libby Post saw it as an opportunity for the pet industry to set a better model, reports PEOPLE. "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," said Post in a statement. "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."
Just last year, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, passed a ban on declawing cats and when he was asked about his stance on this animal safety bill, he said he would consult an expert about it: Captain, his pet dog. "We’ll review this legislation in consultation with the state’s top kibble and chew toy advocate, Captain," said a spokesman for Cuomo.