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New York passes bill to ban sale of cats and dogs in pet stores

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New York has passed a new legislation to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. 

The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (opens in new tab) passed on Friday (June 3), is a bid to "stop the flow of cruelly bred puppies into New York," stated in a press release (opens in new tab) from the ASPCA. 

Once this bill is signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul, this will clamp down on the commercial sale of puppy mill dogs in pet shops across the state. 

"Shutting down the puppy mill pipeline will help stop retail sellers and commercial breeders from engaging in — and profiting from — unconscionable brutality." States Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of ASPCA. 

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In fact, almost half of the puppies sold in New York pet stores arrive from Missouri, which has the highest concentration of puppy mills in America.

The bill was championed by various animal welfare groups including, the New York State Animal Protection Federation (NYSAPF), and Voters For Animal Rights(VFAR) amongst many.

What’s more, celebrities such as Alec Baldwin, Justin Theroux, Kristin Chenoweth and others showed their support for the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill in an open letter. 

“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for abusive puppy mills to supply pet stores," reiterated Michael Gianaris, Senate Deputy Majority Leader, “Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities.”

This latest bill follows the steps of Dallas who recently banned the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. Let’s hope this will set a precedent for other States to follow.

Cynthia Lawrence is freelance lifestyle journalist. Starting off her career in national magazines, she moved to digital and e-commerce publications. When she's not reviewing exciting products, she is obsessed with home interiors and her neighbour's cat!