California is kicking off the new year by making a significant advancement for animals.
Pet retailers in the state are no longer allowed to sell puppies, kittens, or rabbits originating from commercial breeders as of January 1. Instead, only rescue animals from local shelters will be permitted to be housed in shops.
The new legislation targets puppy mills and backyard breeders, who are known for prioritizing profit over animal care by confining animals in small, filthy cages.
Baby animals are frequently transported out ill for sale at pet stores, with little to no vet treatment, while their lonely adult parents spend their lives in filth being constantly bred for more “stock.”
California’s new legislation, which is the nation’s first and most stringent regulatory policy of its type, will almost certainly cost the negligent business money.
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) acting president and CEO Kitty Block told The Dodo, “This puts us one giant step closer to the day when puppy mills have nowhere left to sell.”
The rule is intended to not only curb the demand for mill-bred animals, but also to guarantee that individuals are well-prepared to care for a new pet before adopting one. Rabbits, for example, are frequently offered as “beginning pets” at pet stores despite the fact that they require just as much care as a cat or dog and can live for ten years or longer.
Animal supporters believe that now that the Golden State’s ban is in place, additional states will follow suit in the battle against the inhumane commercial breeding business. Several towns throughout the country have already begun to prohibit the selling of animals in pet stores, setting the stage for whole states to follow suit.
Maryland is also planning to prohibit the selling of dogs and cats in pet stores starting in 2020, and with politicians increasingly speaking up for animals, even more good change might be coming soon.
“The Humane Society of the United States will be working closely with many state legislatures to implement similar laws,” added Block. “California’s legislation is only the start!”