No more dogs or cats for sale in the pet store: why that’s good news

Fighting animal cruelty, this is the goal that the State of New York has made by eventually banning the sale of animals in stores. A popular measure already in place in several US states and will soon go into effect in France.

WITHGood news this week! No more buying dogs, cats and even rabbits at pet stores in New York. New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul prepares to sign the bill passed by the Legislative Assembly ban pet stores from selling animalsreport Huffington Post American. “We have no shortage of animals in need of help. We don’t need to produce them as commodities and often in abusive environments,” said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris.

Animal welfare first

What is the goal of this initiative? Prevent these stores from sourcing from “animal factories”, known for its poor living conditions and (very) high animal reproduction rates. But New York is not a pioneer in this area. Of the Many other US states have taken up this initiative, along with California, Maine, Maryland, Illinois and Washington State. One of the most restrictive laws is in Cambridge, where shops are prohibited from selling reptiles, birds, hamsters or even gerbils.

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US government now encourages pet stores to partner with shelters or associations animal rescue. They also introducedSet up information space for customers the desire to adopt a pet, because if their sale in pet stores is now banned, it is still can buy a four-legged friend through the owner directly.

The American Kennel Club, the largest dog union in the United States, has voiced opposition to the new announcement, denouncing its “anti-raider” character and its limited consequences for consumers.

And in France?

In 2021, as part of the bill to combat animal cruelty – which excludes sensitive topics such as livestock or hunting – Congress voted toBanning the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. The text must come into force January 1, 2024. In principle the same as “Lucy’s Law”, named after a dog that was locked up for many years on a puppy farm in Wales, the text reads. however does not apply to new pets (NAC), such as hamsters and rabbits.

A common measure for fight against forced animal purchases and early weaning. Indeed, according to an Ipsos survey, only 68 % of French people now think it is a good idea to ban the sale of these animals in stores. And the law wants to go even further, by gradually banning wild animals in circuses and dolphinariums.

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