California has a long reputation of protecting animals from cruel practices. Now they may become the first state to ban puppy mills.
In the past, most puppy mills treat animals cruelly. Puppy mills force dogs to breed too often causing the mother to have health risks. Kennels are found containing more than one dog, leaving the pups cramped and dirty. The bill known as AB 485 would put an end to mills selling dogs, cats, and rabbits to pet stores. The bill will go statewide on January 1, 2019, if it is signed by Calfornia governor Jerry Brown. Brown has until October 15 to sign the bill.
Advocacy for Animals, Anita Wolf
Because this proposed bill will impact so many people and animals, all sides are weighing in on the topic. Hence, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is hoping the bill is signed. The ASPCA reported that over 230 cities and towns have passed ordinances to stop “cruelly bred” animals. “These animals generally live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.” They also live “in wire-floored cages stacked in tall columns.” They live “without adequate veterinary care, food, water or socialization,” the organization said. If this bill gets signed, California will be the first state to have a statewide ban pet mills. This will include dogs, cats, and rabbits that are commercially raised to be sold to pet stores.
Flickr, Josh Henderson
People that profit from the sale of these pet breedings has not remained silent.
“Hundreds of pet professionals’ jobs are at risk — even though pet stores are the most regulated group of pet providers.”
The council is requesting that Brown veto the bill because it will impact jobs.
The ASPCA has argued back the reason that these mills need shut down stating that, “The brutality of puppy and kitten mills and their connection to pet stores is well-documented.” The Humane Society is agreeing that the puppy mill industry needs shut down.
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