Animal welfare groups commend Gov. Hochul for signing bill to end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in New York pet stores

Animal welfare groups commend Gov. Hochul for signing bill to end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in New York pet stores

NEW YORK—Today, animal welfare teams commended Gov. Kathy Hochul for signing the Dog Mill Pipeline Monthly bill, groundbreaking laws that will stop the flow of cruelly bred puppies to New York pet merchants by ending the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet shops across the state. Championed by Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, D/WF-Manhattan, and Senate Deputy Bulk Leader Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, this legislation was overwhelmingly permitted by big bipartisan majorities in each the Assembly and Senate previously this calendar year.

The Dog Mill Pipeline Bill was supported by foremost animal welfare groups which includes the American Modern society for the Avoidance of Cruelty to Animals®, the Humane Culture of the United States, New York State Animal Protection Federation, Voters For Animal Rights, Companion Animal Protection Society, Animal Legal Defense Fund and the NYC Bar Association’s Animal Regulation Committee and by tens of millions of New York animal lovers who support ending the sale of puppies in pet retailers.

Puppy mills ship their puppies to New York pet outlets, where they are promoted as balanced puppies from responsible breeders, which is considerably from the real truth. Puppies marketed in pet suppliers arrive from commercial breeding operations that prioritize profit over the very well-getting of the animals. Breeding pet dogs in these amenities are typically kept in crowded cages their full life without having suitable shelter, veterinary treatment, food items or socialization. They are not pets their only worth is to create puppies. These puppies can put up with severe overall health and behavioral issues—and family members are generally unprepared for the financial reduction and heartbreak that come with buying a ill puppy.

When the Pup Mill Pipeline Bill will take effect, New York will at last shut down this pipeline and deny cruel mills obtain to New York’s shoppers, while nevertheless allowing for pet shops to promote foodstuff and other items, or present expert services this sort of as grooming, boarding and instruction, and generate customers to their outlets by partnering with shelters or rescues to host adoption functions.

The greater part of pet suppliers in New York—both large chains and “mom and pop shops”—do not promote puppies, kittens or rabbits and according to the pet industry’s personal stories, retailers that do not provide pets are far more financially rewarding than those that do. Pet outlets will have a person year to comply with the new regulation and New Yorkers will even now be equipped to adopt pets from animal shelters and rescue corporations, or get puppies straight from dependable breeders.

Senate Deputy Chief Gianaris mentioned: “Following yrs of advocacy, I am thrilled New York Condition now affords our four-legged companions the dignity they ought to have. It is my hope this is a vital phase to ending the scourge of pet mills the moment and for all. I thank Governor Hochul for signing our Puppy Mill Pipeline bill into law, my mate Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and the indefatigable advocates who made this possible.”

“It is an astounding finish-of-the year present to finally have the Puppy dog Mill Pipeline monthly bill become law! New Yorkers will quickly be ready to undertake the lovable puppies, kittens and bunnies they see in pet store windows without having supporting the cruel pet mill industry,” claimed Assemblymember Rosenthal. “Much too numerous families have been left heartbroken after bringing house an animal they purchased at the pet retail outlet only to comprehend it is ill and will need hundreds of bucks in veterinary care that are unable to remedy congenital disorders. Some of the worst pup mills close to the place have long provided New York’s pet outlets with animals that ended up lifted in inhumane circumstances, churning out litter right after litter to drive a gain. With the signing of this legislation, New York Condition will finally close the pet mill pipeline and persuade shelters and rescues to function with neighborhood pet shops to put animals into loving properties. This victory could not have been obtained with out the participation of the several animal welfare organizations and their customers who have been tireless in their attempts to go this monthly bill into legislation, and for the reason that of their work, we are another action nearer to ending the barbaric pup mill marketplace nationwide.”

“My puppy Sami was rescued from a puppy mill, in which she spent two yrs residing in a box, in the dark, without the need of a name and she was forced to have puppies who ended up bought to pet shops,” mentioned actor and animal advocate Edie Falco. “I’m grateful to Governor Hochul and New York lawmakers for taking motion to secure other pet dogs from the horrific circumstances Sami endured just to preserve the cruel breeding marketplace in business enterprise, and as a lifelong New Yorker, I’m proud to have performed a portion in supporting the passage of this legislation to lastly stop our state’s participation in the cruel pet mill to pet keep pipeline.” 

“The passage and signing of the Pet Mill Pipeline law—which has been a longstanding target for animal welfare groups throughout the state—is a historic gain for New York’s animals, individuals, and communities. By ending the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill canines in point out pet retailers, New York is shutting down the pipeline that enables retail sellers and industrial breeders to revenue from unconscionable brutality,” mentioned Matt Bershadker, ASPCA president and CEO. “As a outcome, New York will go from possessing one particular of the country’s highest concentrations of pet stores that provide pet mill puppies to a position that refuses to be an accomplice in this cruel procedure. We’re grateful to Assemblymember Rosenthal and Senator Gianaris for championing the passage of the Pet Mill Pipeline Bill and Governor Hochul for signing it, reflecting the deep compassion New Yorkers have for animals in want and a unified resolve to reject animal cruelty statewide.”

“Our undercover investigations have uncovered sick puppy sales and cruel practices in New York pet retailers, highlighting the need to have for this historic legislation. New Yorkers will no for a longer period be duped by pet retailers into shelling out hundreds of dollars on puppies who are generally ill and just about usually sourced from dismal puppy dog mills,” mentioned Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “The HSUS acknowledges Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal for championing this legislation, and Governor Kathy Hochul for signing it into regulation.”

“With her signature, Governor Hochul is sending a obvious message—New York will no more time be complicit in the animal abuse that is pup mills. For the previous decade, educated shoppers have said no more—that’s why the number of pet outlets promoting milled animals has dropped from about 400 to 70 or so. Consumers can go to one particular of the quite a few dependable modest breeders in the Empire Condition if they want a specific breed—that selection will generally be accessible to men and women. What won’t be is getting puppies that are pumped entire of antibiotics and steroids to perk them up for sale at unscrupulous pet shops and then fall deathly unwell when taken household,” claimed Libby Article, govt director of the New York Point out Animal Defense Federation. “Puppies and kittens are the final bastion of nonpartisanship—that is why this monthly bill handed overwhelmingly in both homes of the NYS Legislature. The Federation’s network of shelters are prepared to operate with pet retailers to aid them rebrand as humane companies by internet hosting adoption events. We know adopters will then shell out their bucks at that retail outlet for materials, food, and so forth.”

“We applaud Governor Hochul for her outstanding management in declaring that New York is closed to the abusive dog, kitten and bunny mill industries,” stated Allie Taylor, president of Voters for Animal Rights. “We hope far more states will before long stick to New York’s lead and make cruel breeding amenities a dark relic of the previous. Thank you to Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal and Senator Michael Gianaris for championing this historic legislation.”

“We are immensely grateful to Governor Hochul for signing the Puppy Mill Pipeline monthly bill into law,” states Stephen Wells, executive director of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. “Shutting down the pup mill to pet keep pipeline cuts off a significant profits resource for puppy dog mill operators, and will help save plenty of animals from struggling. The New York legislature has taken a sturdy stand to protect companion animals and New Yorkers, and we applaud their leadership.”

“Over the past 10 yrs, CAPS has investigated every single pet shop in New York—originally 100 and now 60—and lots of of the pet and kitten mills promoting to them. Our quick documentary, video exposés, and in-depth investigation stories expose rampant customer fraud and deception at the pet shops and inhumane, abhorrent conditions at the mills, most of them USDA-accredited,” stated Barbara Dennihy, New York director of the Companion Animal Protection Modern society. “The enactment of a statewide retail ban on the sale of canine, cats, and rabbits at pet retailers will have a profound effect on this cruel field and will inspire extra states to comply with suit.”

“In signing the dog mill pipeline bill into regulation, Governor Hochul, on behalf of New Yorkers almost everywhere, is stopping mill bred canines, cats, and rabbits from staying sold in New York pet suppliers. This legislation protects animals from inhumane cure and suffering, encourages animal adoption and safeguards people and our communities,” commented Rebecca Seltzer and Robyn Hederman, co-chairs, New York Metropolis Bar Association’s Animal Legislation Committee.

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