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California Close To Banning Pet Shop Sales Of Non-Rescue Cats, Dogs And Rabbits | Huffington Post

Welcome to California
Written by Chester

California has many trees and sign posts I would like to mark. It’s a great state! And now, there’s good news for companion animals who live there. Especially if they don’t yet have a companion. All Gov. Jerry Brown has to do is approve a new bill that would require pet stores to sell only shelter and rescue dogs (like me!), cats, and rabbits. The proposed legislation has already passed both the state Senate and Assembly.

I say, let qualified private breeders sell blue-bloods from scratch. Selling strays at pet stores is another fine business model — the one most of us been waiting for, even if we didn’t think of it before.

Governor Brown…? The humans have spoken, and canines are giving you a united bark!

“California will become the first state to ban pet stores from selling cats, dogs or rabbits that don’t come from a shelter or rescue group if Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs the bill sent to him this week.

The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act, AB 485, passed the California State Senate with a 32-0 vote on Tuesday, NBC San Diego reports. It had passed the State Assembly in May on a 55-11 vote. More than 30 California cities already have similar local laws…

Supporters of the bill, which include prominent animal advocacy groups like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States, point to two main benefits. First, it would prevent California pet stores from supporting breeding facilities that mass-produce animals, often in deplorable conditions…

Additionally, the legislation would promote the adoption of pets from animal shelters. Last year, an estimated 1.5 million companion animals were euthanized in shelters in the United States, according to ASPCA data. Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, pointed out that the measure could also save taxpayer money…

~ Hilary Hanson

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  • As well intended as this is it’s still asinine. I agree it’s good to consider pets that have been abandoned but I think people should have a choice. Since when does any government decide what kind of pet a person should own. Isn’t it up to the individual? Or is this an act of socialism? Either way it’s still incorrect.

    • I see your point, and Gov. Brown may yet agree with you. Another way to deal with puppy mills may be to crack down on them. However, a democratic government is one that responds to the will of the people, which is beautifully illustrated here.

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