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Victory for companion animals! California’s capital, Sacramento, has just passed an ordinance banning the sale of commercially-bred dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores in the city.

Instead, pet shops will be required to partner with animal rescues and shelters in hopes of saving innocent lives while decreasing demand for puppy mill breeding. This follows in the footsteps of San Francisco and Los Angeles who have already instated similar laws.

The fluffy puppies we see in pet shop windows may be too cute for words, but if these animals could talk, we would be crying instead of cooing over them. When animals are bred to be commercially sold, profits are of the utmost priority, meaning the health and well-being of the animals are neglected. Thanks to the work of incredible organizations like The Humane Society of the United States, the truth about puppy mills has been exposed.

Animals are kept in unbelievably filthy, unhygienic conditions, many of whom suffer from injuries and ill-health due to neglect and improper care. Dogs used for breeding are kept in cramped cages for the entirety of their lives, where they are forced to always be pregnant or nursing a fresh new litter. Babies are then shipped off to be sold as soon as they are able to open their eyes.

Many people are still completely unaware that puppy mills exist, so please share this with your friends and family as a lesson why it is so important to adopt, not shop.

In addition to the California cities that have banned the commercial sale of animals in pet stores, major cities like Chicago and Phoenix also have similar laws in place, proving that public education on the topic of breeding is igniting serious change!

Image Source: Alex Kourotchkin/Shutterstock

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0 comments on “California’s Capital Just Banned the Sale of Puppy Mill Dogs!”

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Ruth Ludgater
11 Days ago

Congrats Sacremento. Now lets see it worldwide and save the lives of shelter dogs.

Uta Cortimilia
11 Days ago

It\'s about time. Now, lets do this nationwide.

11 Days ago

Great news. That together with the Yulin banning the sale of dog meat.

12 Days ago


Kathryn Polster
12 Days ago

Small step BUT an incredible one. Very proud of my city!

12 Days ago

Now - let\'s get it nationwide! Especially in places such as Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, etc. I read that those were the worst states for puppy mills, multiple citations, violations, etc. and they\'re STILL in business!

Sonia Morrow
12 Days ago

This is the second great news I read in OGP today. Yulin and now this. Fantastic, just truly FANTASTIC.

12 Days ago

cheers and Kudos to everyone involved in this outcome!!

D Clark
17 May 2017

Big Smile! :)

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