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New York pet stores will soon be banned from selling puppies, kittens, and rabbits

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While this law has existed in the UK for several years, this is a huge step towards animal welfare in the USA, where it is not yet the norm.

By Justine Seraphin

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Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York, will soon be signing a decree that will make it illegal for pet stores in the state to sell puppies, kittens, or rabbits. This is an attempt to fight against poor welfare and growing puppy mills.

Playing catch up

This law has already been in place since 2019 in California, but is not yet the norm around the country.

Authorities will now be encouraging pet stores to get in touch with shelters instead. That way, homeless pets in need of homes can be put up for adoption in pet stores!

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Breeders will still be allowed to sell their animals to individual buyers of course, so this doesn’t completely fix the puppy mill issue. But it will lower sales, and therefore, the industry will suffer - which is a step in the right direction!

Pet stores in the UK

In the UK, puppies and kittens haven’t been sold in pet stores for years, particularly since the establishment of Lucy’s Law in 2020.

It's time for the rest of the world to do the same! 

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