“By passing this groundbreaking bill, California is setting an important, humane precedent for other states to follow,” Gregory Castle, CEO of Best Friends Animal Society, said in a release after the bill passed the legislature. The law will take effect on January 1, 2019.
First time California banned selling puppy
Today we will talk California banned selling puppy,California just took a huge step forward for animals by becoming the first state to make it illegal for pet stores to sell puppies, kittens and rabbits from mass commercial breeders where the animals often suffer from cramped, unsanitary conditions.
On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill, AB 485, which passed the California legislature by an overwhelming majority in September — and animal lovers are celebrating.
Deborah Howard, president of Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS), believes the new law is an emblem of the real progress being made toward breaking a long-established cruel cycle.
“When consumers buy puppies and kittens from pet shops, they condemn the parents to further inhumane treatment in mills,” Howard explained in her testimony on AB 485, adding that most such mass breeding operations are USDA-licensed, subject to only occasional inspections that can’t always detect every instance of suffering. “By its very nature, the pet shop and puppy/kitten mill industry creates an endless cycle of animal overpopulation, mistreatment, and consumer deceit, causing needless shelter euthanasia.”
California Banned Selling Puppy
CAPS has been leading undercover investigations in California for the last decade to expose where puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores really come from, as well as organizing protests urging pet shops to source from adoption centers instead of breeders, to help cut down on the millions of homeless animals in shelters across the country. “[This work] laid the groundwork for AB 485,” Howard told The Dodo.
Despite 36 cities across the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, already having bans on mass breeding this is a landmark move in the campaign against large-scale operations that breed dogs for profit.
Puppy mills have been widely criticised for failing to prioritise animal welfare and for keeping animals in overcrowded conditions and over-breeding.
Supporters of the measure said it ensures better treatment of animals.
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.”
But the pet shop industry responded to the ban by saying the changes remove important consumer protections.
Governor Jerry Brown, who signed the law, made no comment on his decision.
Animal rights groups in the UK have also called for tighter legislation on the sale of puppies.
Since 2015 the RSPCA has run a campaign to halt the illegal trafficking of puppies and ensure all dogs are bred in an environment which prioritises their welfare.
In February this year it was announced that the sale of puppies under eight weeks old was to be made illegal and anyone breeding or selling three or more litters of puppies a year would have to apply for a formal licence.
However, the move was criticised by some who felt it did not go far enough.
Neil Parish MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, welcomed the announcement but said he was unhappy the Government had not banned the third party sale of dogs.
Over 230 cities and counties across the country have already banned selling animals from puppy mills, kitten factories and bunny bundlers. Now that California has passed the groundbreaking statewide ban, people are hopeful that this is the beginning of the end for a sad industry.