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California Bans Pet Stores from Selling Puppy Mill Dogs

By Carly Sitzer

California has proven to be a leader in animal rights by signing a statewide law that will ban any pet store from selling animals from puppy mills (or comparably large scale operations). The new law, which became effective on the first of the month, stated that any pet store that wants to sell animals (be it cats, dogs, or rabbits) must work with local shelters and rescue organizations or face a $500 fine per any sale of a pet provided by a large-scale breeder. 

With the new law, policymakers are hoping to eliminate the demand for puppy mills — which, in turn, will hopefully help eliminate puppy mills. These mass breeding operations focus on profits rather than the welfare of the animals, who are often confined to small spaces and left without food and exercise. 

While the new legislation doesn’t prohibit the ban of animals to individuals (meaning breeders aren’t in danger, and some of these problematic operations can still sell pets directly), it’s certainly a step in the right direction.