California is officially banning pet stores from selling cats, dogs, and rabbits unless they work with shelters or rescue groups to supply the animals!!
On Friday (10/13) Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 485, which was celebrated by animal welfare groups!!
Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, praised the law for breaking “the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices.”
Pet industry representatives on the other hand criticized the bill as being bad for business.
The law will not prevent breeders from selling animals directly to customers, meaning that people who want to buy an animal from a breeder still can, but they won’t be able to do it through a retail pet store.
More than 230 cities, towns and counties across the U.S. have similar laws, but California's is the first statewide law.
The law has two primary goals.
One is to cut down on financial support of large-scale breeding facilities and the other is to promote adoption for homeless pets.
The bill takes effect in January 2019 and pet store owners that violate this bill will face a $500 fine!!