New York stops pet stores from selling animals

The New York Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, July 22. Supporters of the New York bill to…
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The New York Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, July 22.

Supporters of the New York bill to ban the sales of cats, dogs, and rabbits in pet stores are rejoicing.

One such supporter is Senator Michael Gianaris from who is the Deputy Majority Leader and represents western Queens. He spoke to how this bill will not mean no animals to adopt. Rather, it will draw attention to all the animals who already need homes:

With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for pet stores to sell animals that predominantly come from abusive puppy and kitten mills. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities.

Michael Gianaris

Gianaris talked about how puppies in windows will often draw families with young children into the pet store to make a purchase. But these potential adopters tend to have no idea what is happening behind the scenes.

Supporters of the bill call this behind-the-scenes course of events a “puppy-mill-to-pet-store pipeline.” New York pet stores are not receiving animals from the few in-state puppy mills, but they can buy from breeders. Pets from breeders often have undiagnosed health issues.

This new ban will affect some 80 pet stores in New York. Merchandise accounts for most of the stores’ revenue, according to bill supporters. So, the stores should not suffer unduly.

New Yorkers interested in adopting an animal shouldn’t fret. Instead, they should focus on rescue groups and shelters that have lots of animals in need of homes.

About 6.5 million pets end up in shelters in the United States yearly, according to the ASPCA. And fewer than that find homes:

Approximately 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.6 million dogs and 1.6 million cats).


A focus on adopting animals, instead of shopping for them, can help bring these two figures closer together.

Article source: Albany Times Union

Featured image source: Will Waldron

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