Governor Jerry Brown signed a law last week that requires pet stores to sell only animals from shelters or non-profit rescue organizations. This law will take effect in 2019, and any violator will be subject to a fine of $500 per animal.
The law aims to reduce the cruel breeding practices of puppy mills and kitten factories that currently supply many pet stores. These bred animals often face abuse and unhealthy living conditions.
"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," says ASPCA president and CEO Matt Bershadker.
The law will also benefit shelter animals by opening up space for them at pet stores, thereby reducing euthanasia rates.
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