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Gianaris Bill That Bans Pet Stores From Selling Dogs, Cats And Rabbits Passes State Senate

Miniature breeds at puppy mill (Photo: PETA)

May 11, 2022 By Christian Murray

The State Senate passed legislation Tuesday that would ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits.

The bill, introduced by State. Sen. Mike Gianaris, aims to end puppy mills and breeding farms, where animals are typically overbred and often confined to poor living conditions.

Gianaris hopes the legislation will end the puppy mill pipeline to pet stores. He said pet-seekers should instead turn to shelters and rescue organizations to adopt animals in need of a home. Pet store owners, he said, can also work with shelters to organize adoption events at their stores.

“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for pet stores to sell animals that predominantly come from abusive puppy and kitten mills,” Gianaris said in a statement. “Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities.”

The bill passed the Senate Tuesday with a 57-7 vote. Gianaris first introduced the bill in 2018 and while it has passed the senate before it has never become law.

The bill has been introduced in the Assembly and it passed through the Agriculture Committee Tuesday. It has 77 co-sponsors in the Assembly, which consists of 150 members.

“It’s no secret that puppy mills breed cruelty,” said Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), who sponsored the legislation. “The vast majority of dogs, cats and rabbits sold in New York State pet stores come from factory-like mills. I look forward to this bill soon becoming law.”

The law would affect roughly 80 pet stores that are registered to sell domestic animals in the state.

Animal welfare groups celebrated the bill’s passage in the Senate.

“New York State needs to end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet shops,” ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker said in a statement. “Shutting down the puppy mill pipeline will help stop retail sellers and commercial breeders from engaging in—and profiting from—unconscionable brutality.”

If the bill becomes law, New York would be the sixth state in the nation to ban the sale of dogs and cats from pet shops. California has enacted such a ban, along with Maryland, Maine, Washington and Illinois.

But the bill does have its critics.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, a trade group that represents pet stores, argues that the legislation is misguided.

The trade group says that bad breeders need to be shut down but that this legislation will not do that. It says that bad breeders will go untouched while responsible pet store owners will be forced out of business.

Meanwhile, The American Kennel Club, which represents 217 dog clubs and thousands of dog owners in the state, told the Post-Journal that the bill would limit consumer choice and “have a negative impact on dogs and dog owners in the state.”

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Eric Nodeem

This is all smoke and mirrors from politicians who want it to look like they give a crap.
All this will do is create another unregulated black market,or easier yet people will go to private breeders in NJ,Connecticut,Pa or wherever.This is a make you feel good article that does absolutely nothing,,,except make it more dangerous for the animals.Think of it this way if you can beat,rob ,and rape or sell dope on the street and get no time.What will you be punished with selling a puppy to someone? LOL

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Adopt a shelter dog

Great! There are many shelter pets that would be grateful for a home.
They will be loyal and loving. These shelter pets will be grateful !!

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pfon71361

Dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals and birds need protection from unscrupulous breeders and pet store owners. But shelters may not have the right breeds or kinds of animals some people may be looking for. Some form of rigorous certification and strict pet store licensing might be the best solution.

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BoriquaGato

Too bad a second trimester fetus cannot get the same protection as dogs, cats, and rabbits.

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Bill

Looking for a pet cat or kitten?

Right here in Astoria you can find “Paul the Cat Guy” who does amazing work in TNR and cat adoptions. Just google his name or find him on Facebook. He is also always looking for folks willing to foster the “friendlies” he rescues from the streets.

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