New York Bans Sale of Cats, Dogs, and Rabbits in Pet Stores

Since July 21st, the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in pet stores in New York is prohibited, as decided by the New York State Senate. The new bill will have several positive effects on animals and people who love animals. First, it will encourage more people do adopt rescue animals to give them a loving home, and second, it will discourage breeding facilities that abuse animals in order to have more puppies, kittens, and rabbits for pet stores.

“Pet stores that sell puppies may look good from the window, but rely on a recklessly inhumane system to make money, importing potentially sick animals from out-of-state puppy mills and deceptively passing them off to consumers as healthy pets from responsible breeders,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) the Senate’s press release.

The bill doesn’t prevent prospective owners to continue buying animals from individual breeders who follow the living condition standards. The buyer should be available to see if the animals are being treated nicely and if the breeder deserves to stay in business.

Is this the end of pet stores? Not necessarily, as they earn most of their revenue from selling merchandise, not animals.