The sale of dogs from puppy mills have been banned in California.
The new law is a step in the right direction for animal rights, especially inhumane dog breeding which has become rife in recent times.
Illegally breeding dogs has been used by some people as a way to make a quick buck, despite being cruel for the dogs and harmful to the real dog breeding industry.
The law will force illegal dog merchants out of the market, allowing only humanely bred puppies and those from shelters and rescue centers to be re-homed.
California Governor Jerry Brown declared that anyone found selling illegal puppies, kittens or rabbits will face a $500 fine, the law will be implemented by January 2019.
This law comes after several different cases of illegal puppy breeding in the area recently.
Earlier this year over 100 puppies where rescued from an illegal mill ran by Patricia Yates, who was later convicted of animal cruelty after the mill was found to be lacking in standards.
Matt Bershadker, President of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spoke to Business Insider about the new law, saying:
“This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices.”
His comments were echoed by Best Friends Animal Society CEO and spokesperson Gregory Castle who said:
“By signing this groundbreaking bill, California has set an important, humane precedent for other states to follow,” and “We commend Governor Brown’s signing of this lifesaving legislation to codify statewide what cities across California have already done to help put an end to the cruelty of pet mills.”
Different dog breeds come in and out of ‘fashion’ on a regular basis, and demand for whichever dog is in fashion at the moment is often high. This new law will hopefully put an end to the way dogs are treated as an accessory by many people.
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