The Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill

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 Dear Editor:

 Last week’s High Tide section of the RT included information about a bill to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. Too many New York State pet stores obtain animals from commercial breeding facilities known as puppy, kitten, and bunny mills. The mills keep animals in cruel and filthy conditions. Litter after litter is exploited to make a profit, causing suffering for the animals and heartache/costly veterinarian care for families who adopt animals with congenital anomalies or deadly diseases. While most pet stores do not sell animals, this represents a small portion of the revenue for those that do. With this new legislation, people will still be able to find animal companions through reputable breeders. Pet stores will be able to partner with shelters and rescue groups. Every New Yorker who can provide a safe, stable, and loving home for an animal will be able to. Pet store sales will increase as pet parents purchase supplies for their new companions. Five states and more than 400 localities have passed similar laws. New York State will leap toward greater compassion when the Governor signs the bill.

 Jill Lauri

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