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California Pet Store Ban Needs Brown's OK to Shut Puppy Mills

California Pet Store Ban Needs Brown's OK to Shut Puppy Mills
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By    |   Wednesday, 20 September 2017 10:53 AM

A California pet store ban sitting on the governor’s desk for signing would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits unless they are guaranteed to come from animal welfare organizations.

The bill to combat “puppy mills” passed the State Senate on Tuesday on a 32-0 vote, NBC News said, and now it’s up to Gov. Jerry Brown to sign into law the AB 485 Pet Rescue and Adoption Act.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, puppy mills compromise animal welfare standards by housing dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, often skimping in providing adequate food, water or veterinary care.

“In order to maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little-to-no recovery time between litters,” the organization said.

“Puppy mill puppies, often as young as eight weeks of age, are sold to pet shops or directly to the public over the Internet, through newspaper ads and at swap meets and flea markets.”

The new legislation, once signed, would force pet stores to provide records detailing where each dog, cat and rabbit came from as of January 2019.

Any pet store found in violation of the bill would be subject to a civil penalty of $500.

The legislation would tackle two pertinent issues facing animal welfare: it will contribute towards reducing the unnecessary euthanasia of animals by encouraging the adoption of rescued pets, and it will fight puppy mills.

The No Kill Advocacy Center reported that there are roughly 2.6 million dogs and cats killed in U.S. shelters annually because they lack a home, but as many as 30 million Americans add a new animal to their households every year.

Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society of the United States said “private and public shelters still euthanize thousands of healthy animals, and California wants to stop such needless killing and also to relieve the financial burden on local communities by promoting adoption and spaying-and-neutering.”

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