ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The New York State Senate has passed legislation prohibit pet stores from selling dogs, cats and rabbits.
Senate godfather Mike Gianaris says he’s cutting what he calls the “puppy mill pipeline.”
“We shouldn’t treat animals as if they were a commodity, as if they were a can of soup that we take from the supermarket shelves to buy them,” he said.
An infiltrator investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States last year found that many pet stores in New York City obtained puppies from breeders who offered poor conditions.
Although the law prevents stores from selling pets, they can work with animal rescue organizations to make the animals available for adoption.
Libby Post with the New York State Animal Protection Federation supports the bill. She says adoption fees go directly to shelters or rescues. Additionally, she says adoption events and opportunities allow stores to continue to profit from product sales.
“Really, the money has to be made by selling food, selling bedding, selling flea and tick medicine, selling the funny costumes we put on our dogs on Halloween,” he said. said Post.
People can also buy animals directly from responsible breeders.
The bill was passed in the Senate last year but was not presented to the Assembly. This year, defenders are looking for a different outcome.
“We are seeing progress in the Assembly this year. Hopefully we will get this enactment before the end of the session, ”said Gianaris.
The legislation would enter into force one year after its entry into force.
Some other measures passed in the Senate on Wednesday clarify the definition of what is considered aggravated animal cruelty, require that abandoned property be inspected for animals, and oblige the courts to consider a pet’s best interest in possession in divorce.
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