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

The New York Legislature passed the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill, which aims to reduce cruelty in dog breeding practices by banning pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits. The state of New York has one of the highest concentrations of pet stores that sell puppies in the United States. The bill targets the puppy mill-to-pet store pipeline, which allows customers to purchase animals without knowing they were bred in mills. The bill is now awaiting the signature of Governor Kathy Hochul before becoming enforceable law. The bill only targets for-profit retail shops and does not include any not-for-profit rescue or adoption organizations. Read more here.