New Anti-Breeder California Law Means That Pet Stores Can Only Sell Rescue Animals

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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.

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