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Pet stores are not allowed to sell cats, dogs, or rabbits in New York

By 12/16/2022 9:28 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

To combat what detractors refer to as “puppy mills,” New York on Thursday became the most recent state to outlaw selling cats, dogs, and rabbits in pet stores.

As of 2024, the newly enacted law, approved by Governor Kathy Hochul, would allow pet stores to partner with shelters to place saved or abandoned animals up for adoption.

Additionally, breeders will be prohibited from selling more than nine animals a year.

“This is a significant event. Sen. Michael Gianaris, a Democrat, stated that New York frequently purchases and profits from these mills. “We are trying to shut off the demand at a retail level,” he added.

He continued, saying, “there is no pet store unaffected” and that the puppy mill industry “treats animals like commodities.”

According to pet stores, the law won’t do anything to stop out-of-state breeders or raise their standards of care, and it will force the closure of the dozens of New York pet stores that are still open.

In 2017, California passed a similar law, making it the first state to outlaw such sales.

While the law mandates pet shops to collaborate with animal shelters or rescue groups, as New York is currently doing, it does not impose restrictions on selling animals from private breeders.

Several states soon after. The sale of cats and dogs in pet stores was outlawed in Maryland in 2020, which sparked opposition from store owners and breeders who took the law to court.

Illinois prohibited pet stores from selling commercially produced pups and kittens a year later.

Animal protection organizations in New York have long demanded the complete closure of establishments that grow and sell animals for profit, claiming that animals are raised in terrible conditions before being transported to stores.

According to Emilio Ortiz, manager of the pet store Citipups in New York City, the new regulation could spell the end for the operation where he has spent more than ten years.

90% of our revenue comes from selling pets. We’re not going to make it through this, said Ortiz, who believed the prohibition was unfair to retailers collaborating with ethical breeders.

The excellent actors are being fired, along with the bad performers.

The law is “careless” and “counterproductive,” according to Jessica Selmer, president of People United to Protect Pet Integrity, a New York group of pet store owners. She hoped the governor would “explore legislative remedies to some of the bill’s problems.”

At-home breeders who sell animals born and grown on their property are unaffected by the new regulation.

Lisa Haney, who, along with her husband, breeds dogs in their Buffalo home, declared that she favors the law.

“One pet store close to me receives dogs from extensive facilities throughout the Midwest, and you have no idea where they come from or who the breeder is. People are incredibly illiterate and take the puppy, according to Haney.

Her company, Cavapoo Kennels, has a need-based business strategy and a portion of its focus is on raising hypoallergenic dogs for those with allergies.

The waitlist is between six and twelve months long, ensuring every dog is placed in a home.

Gianaris claimed that the rule would enable purchasers to consider the origins of their pets more carefully.


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