New York Governor Signs Puppy Mill Regulation Bill

20131101-Puppies-SamiraBouaou-8356-676x438In a huge animal rights victory, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that gives local municipalities the ability to enforce their own laws regarding puppy mills, and the power to crack down on commercial dog breeding facilities harder than they have ever been able to in the past. Previously, the state had sole regulatory power to pass laws related to the pet industry.

The new law will make it easier to detect unlicensed dog breeders and those who avoid regulation by quickly selling dogs online or by selling the dogs privately. Beyond that, the bill increases the control the government has over the health and safety of puppies being sold in New York. Municipalities will now have the option of requiring that pet stores only sell puppies that do not come from puppy mills.

This is an excellent first step for New York, and will hopefully lead the way for legislation in more states and eventually throughout the country. Let's hope that local municipalities will take the power granted to them in this bill and will pass laws that protect our animals and shut down puppy mills across the state.



2 Comments

  1. Marsha Wallace

    January 14th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I am against any animal that is raised and forced to live in substandard conditions,or is just outright abused,but I'd like to see how a puppy mill is defined in this law. I see nothing wrong with selling dogs privately Please don't tell me that responsible breeders of quality purebred dogs will be stigmatized or subjecting to over-regulation
    No responsible breeder would sell puppies to a pet store,so even if the pups aren't from a classic puppy mill, pups in pet stores are still bred without genetic testing,without adequate socialization,and are at risk of their very lives if they aren't sold before the "cute" factor wears off. Also, how many pet store owners will be there to mentor the owner throughout the dog's life and take the dog back at any time if owner can no longer keep the dog. How many pet shop owners will make sure that the dog you are buying is the right fit for the owner and their family?
    Yes,close down the crowded,filthy puppy mills but just make sure that the people breeding a top quality pet are not penalized out of existence.

  2. Niederlander Silvia

    January 14th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Stopt das endlose leid der tiere!!!!Tiere haben auch ein recht auf leben genau wie der mensch.!!!gott hat nicht nur den mensch erschafen sondern auch tiere und natur!!! Ohne tiere keine erde!!!!!!!!!!!!



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