California Governor Signs New Animal Selling Law

Toby Nelson

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Governor Jerry Brown signed The Assembly Bill 485 which requires pet stores to sell animals from shelters and rescue centers. The bill comes into effect in January of 2019. This Bill means that Pet Stores can no longer sell any animals raised in “Puppy Mills” or “Kitten Factories”, but Private breeders will still be able to sell animals independently.

 

If pet stores are found selling non-rescued animals they will be fined up to five hundred dollars. 36 cities in California have a ban on mass breeding. In the event of an animal falling ill within twenty days of purchase, pet shops are responsible for any vet bills up to five hundred dollars or the amount paid for the animal.  Pet stores worry that this law will make it difficult for buyers to find specific breeds.

 

Private pet store owners fear the bill will hurt their business and limit consumer access to the most popular breeds. Parents with kids look for breeds that work well with kids. Pet store representatives criticized the bill for being bad for business and said “It strips consumers of many pet store protections, risks hundred of jobs, and reduces pet choice.”  

 

The Humane society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals(ASPCA) widely support the legislation. Both groups agree that the bill will ensure better treatment of animals and prevent unnecessary animals deaths. The Humane Society said, “Irresponsible breeding leads to 1.5 million animals euthanized across the United States every year and that 99% of puppy sales are from puppy mills,”. The supporters of the pet stores law say the help break the supply chain and put “puppy mills” and “kitten factories” out of business. California Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell said “This is a big win for our four-legged friends, and that taxpayers spend more than 250 million dollars a year to house and euthanize animals in shelters.”

 

This law is still being debated on whether or not it will work. It still remains to be seen if it will put pet stores out of business or if the law will save animals lives.

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