NY Bans the Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits in Pet Stores

New York just became the 6th state to end the sale of puppies in pet stores! This includes cats and rabbits, as well. The new law, which was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul and takes effect in 2024, lets pet shops work with shelters to offer rescued or abandoned animals up for adoption rather than profiting off animals from commercial breeding operations, or puppy mills. “A puppy mill is a dog breeding operation in which the health of the dogs is disregarded in order to maintain a low overhead and maximize profits” (Avenson v. Zegart, 577 F. Supp. 958, U.S. District Court, Minnesota). To increase profits, mills breed more animals. Corners are cut such as staff shortages, lack of veterinary care, inadequate food and shelter, and other factors. Animals bred into these facilities are denied the ability to perform their natural behaviors such as exercising, socializing with others of the same species and humans, and in some cases, even seeing or feeling the fresh outdoors. To learn more about puppy mills and the benefits of a humane pet store ordinance, visit www.gohumaneblaine.com

Six states and over 390 localities across the county, including Roseville, Eden Prairie, St. Paul, Carver, and Cloquet, MN, have passed humane pet store laws. Unfortunately, there are still a few remaining pet stores in Minnesota that sell animals to consumers from commercial breeding operations. 

MN Pet Stores Supplied by Commercial Breeding Operations: http://www.minnesotansagainstpuppymills.com/mn-pet-stores.html

A Humane Pet Store Model in Minnesota “will help end puppy and kitten mill cruelty and prevent consumer heartache that can result from purchasing a sick or behaviorally challenged pet from a pet store” (gohumaneblaine.com). 

Take Action Here: http://www.gohumaneblaine.com/take-action.html 

Follow Minnesotan’s Exposing the Pet Trade for more information on ARC’s work to stop pet stores in Minnesota from buying and selling animals from puppy mills.