Last week, it was announced that on Jan. 1, 2019, all California pet stores will only be allowed to sell rescued cats, dogs and rabbits, rather than pets bought from breeders, according to the New York Times. Stores will also be fined up to $500 if they are caught selling animals that are not rescues.
Although several cities have passed this law, California is the first state to pass the law statewide law like this. The bill, signed into law on Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown, passed through CA’s Senate and Assembly with widespread approval.
Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told Business Insider:
“This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices.”
Some pet store owners called the law misguided: “It takes the freedom of choice from people who want to get a puppy,” Ben Ashel, who owns a pet store in California, told the Times. “They don’t want to get someone else’s unwanted dog or something of that nature.”
If the bill is successful in California, the United States we should start seeing other states across the country adopting this new law.