New Jersey, shortly to become the most happy spot for refuge creatures everywhere, lately passed a bill that requires pet stores to sell JUST rescued animals.
Among the bill’s objectives will be to reduce, or even completely rid the state of puppy mills. Based on The Humane Society, puppy mills generate 99% of all dogs and cats sold in pets shops and reports that there are over 10,000 puppy mills in the United States. Those puppy mills generate more than 2.4 million a year.
In accordance with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) about 3.9 million dogs enter shelters every year, and each year 1.2 million are euthanized, despite being totally healthy.
Senator Raymond Lesniak introduced the senate and the bill, saying that pet stores licensed after January 12th of this year must get cats and only dogs from animal shelters and rescue organizations.
These puppy mills have developed a notorious reputation for placing profits ahead of the humane treatment of cats and dogs. Their mass breeding has created inbred health and behavioral issues and the inhumane conditions have left several pets to have problems with mistreatment and neglect,” Lesniak said.
It up for discussion in another assembly although bill was passed. Among the folks is president, Mike Bober and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Bober considers that while the bill comes with great goals, pet protection laws will de-escalate and make starting new pet stores hard.