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Gianaris Bill That Would Ban Animal Sales in Pet Stores is Gaining Momentum

A Goldendoodle that was sold at a puppy mill in New York State (Photo: Queens Post)

April 27, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A bill that would ban the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores in New York is making headway in the state legislature.

The legislation — sponsored by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and State Sen. Michael Gianaris — is set to move for a full vote on the floor of both the assembly and senate.

Gianaris and Rosenthal aim to stop stores from selling pets from puppy mills and breeding farms, where animals are often overbred and subjected to harsh living conditions. The bill would also prohibit the sale of rabbits in pet stores.

The pair have attempted to pass the bill through the state legislature in the past. Last year, it passed the Senate but failed to get out the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee for a full vote.

The bill was approved by the Assembly Agriculture Committee today for the first time. It was also approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“I am pleased this important proposal continues to build momentum in the legislature,” Gianaris said.

Gianaris hopes his bill will end the puppy mill pipeline to pet stores. He said pet-seekers should instead turn to shelters and rescue organizations to adopt animals in need of a home. Additionally, he said, if people do want a particular breed of dog—they can deal directly with a breeder.

“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for puppy mills that abuse animals to supply pet stores,” Gianaris said in a statement. “Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities.”

Pet store owners can work with shelters to organize adoption events at their stores as an alternative to selling animals, Gianaris said.

The legislation would affect the approximately 80 pet stores registered throughout the state that sell dogs, cats and rabbits.

The legislation has been well-received by animal rights activists and organizations like the ASPCA, among others.

“Having one of the country’s highest concentrations of pet stores that sell puppies, New York State needs to end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet shops,” ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker said.

“Shutting down the puppy mill pipeline will help stop unscrupulous breeders from engaging in—and profiting from—unconscionable brutality.”

However, the Pet Industry Advisory Council, a trade group that represents pet stores, argues that the legislation is misguided.

“We all agree that bad breeders need to be shut down, but this misguided bill will not do that. In reality, the bad breeders this legislation targets will go untouched while responsible pet stores pay the price and will be forced to close their doors and lay off hardworking New Yorkers,” the group says in a statement.

“Families who are seeking a specific breed of dog will be driven to unregulated sources, and could fall victim to scams,” the trade group adds.

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Linda Corradetti Rogers

Animal sales in pet stores in San Diego County have been banned for several years now. It’s the Right thing to do !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ABoondy

they are not even worth free. they are all scumbags. look at what they did to this city!

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Comfieslippers

While I appreciate the spirit of this bill, and have been a dog owner many times over, we have a looming eviction crisis about to hit this city after the moratorium falls away this summer. Get the humans straightened out first.

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Pot yes! dogs no!

This is over reach of government. Instead of prosecuting bad breeders they just ban breeders of dogs altogether. They should just regulate it and tax it like they do pot or it will go underground and be worse. Plus Pennsylvania is a stone’s throw away. This is a waste of time.

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Libertas

The unintended consequence of this government intervention will be a black market for cats and dogs. Seems like rescue shelters are pushing governments hand to eliminate competition but it will only hurt the animals as prices may sky rocket due to the cost of getting caught with black market goods and limiting competition. Puppies from a puppy mill need a home and this law will make it worse.

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Mac

@Lib-One of the problems with puppy mills is their current practice of overbreeding. Where are your idealistic market theories on this practice in your idealistic comment?

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Libertas

Lol idealistic? What I’m saying is true and practical. Look at guns and certain drugs. They’re very illegal in NYC and yet they still make it in via black markets. Puppy mill trade will go undergeound as long and theres demand they’ll be supply. The solution is to mind your own business, there are bigger problems like the lack of term limits.

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