California Governor Newsom signed two new bills to protect animal welfare, including one that ends retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits.
The first bill, AB 2152 from Assemblyman Todd Gloria, officially ends the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits. This law does allow pet stores to partner with shelters and rescue organizations for animal adoption events.
Pet stores often get dogs from puppy mills where the animals are bred for profit and kept in harsh facilities with unsafe conditions.
The second bill, SB 573 from Senator Ling Ling Chang, requires shelters and animal control agencies to microchip all dogs and cats with current information before releasing them to adoptive owners or an owner seeking to reclaim them.
Microchipping is considered an important step in reuniting more pets with their families if the pets get lost which helps decrease the number of euthanized animals.
“In California, we are putting an end to the cruel puppy mill industry for good,” Gov. Newsom said in a statement. “I am proud to sign this legislation to advance California’s nation-leading animal welfare protections and help more pets join loving families.”
In July 2020, the New York State Senate also passed a bill ending the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits.
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