If you’re planning to get a new pet any time soon, you probably will have had a lecture from someone like me, about how you should
There is good reason for this. It takes the financial incentive away from irresponsible breeders, of which there are many, and it also means that those animals who have had a tough time an get a new lease on life. There are plenty of other reasons not to buy pedigree animals, such as health complications arising from their breeding.
There are relatively few laws governing the breeding of animals for sale, and in a new move, California has taken a bold step towards rectifying this. California is set to change its laws so only rescue animals can be sold in pet shops – this is huge step, in that it will make it the first US state to do so.
AB 485 is the new Californian state law which took effect on 1 January 2019 and any business that doesn’t comply will face a $500 fine.
The new law states that all dogs, cats and rabbits sold in pet shops must come from shelters and not from animal breeders. Of course, there will be animals who originally came from breeders, and were then taken in by shelters – presumably, the law will take this into account.
Authorities hope this law will help to putting a stop to the horrific treatment that animals in ‘puppy farms’ and ‘kitten factories’ are often subjected to.
This law also follows on from the state’s law change back in 2017 when California became the first state to legally ban puppy farms – following 36 cities across the state banning mass breeding in a remarkable landmark move in the campaign against large-scale operations that breed dogs for profit.
Authorities hope the new law will tackle mass farming of the pets, but also decrease the number of pets that are put down each year in shelters – a double win.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates than more than 6.5 million pets enter shelters across the country every year, of which around 1.5 million are put down. As I’m sure my fellow animal lovers will agree, this is totally unacceptable.
The new law might seem authoritarian to some people, but in my personal opinion, it’s exactly the kind of action that is required to improve the welfare of pets overall.
What do you think of the new law, folks? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.