New York: New Yorkers will no more be able to buy dogs cats and rabbits from retail pet stores under the law, as the government has placed a ban on the sale of these animals in an attempt to stop pet abuses at the hands of people.
The new law, which was signed by Gov. Kathy Hochul and takes effect in 2024, lets pet shops work instead with shelters to offer rescued or abandoned animals up for adoption. It will also ban breeders from selling more than nine animals a year, a report suggests.
Hochul, a Democrat, said banning pet stores from selling pets will help protect animal welfare and clamp down on abusive, wholesale breeders.
Retail sales of dogs, cats, and rabbits have been banned in New York, now people in the city will not be able to buy all these pets from pet stores.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed a bill banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at retail pet stores in an effort to stop pet abusers.
New York’s dogs, cats and rabbits deserve loving homes, and humane treatment, Kathy Hochul said the other day, according to a statement from the Governor’s House.
Animal welfare groups celebrated the bill’s signing, while some pet businesses voiced concerns that it would damage legitimate operators in the industry.
“I am proud to sign this legislation, which will take meaningful steps to reduce animal abuse and protect animal welfare across the state,” NYC Governor said.
Animal advocacy and rescue groups that have long supported the legislation have applauded the move. While the pet shopkeepers have objected the move, saying that this law will put them out of business.
In 2017, California became the first state to ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.