This is pawesome news.
New Jersey, henceforth known as the happiest place in the world for canines, recently passed a bill that will require pet stores to sell only shelter animals. The bill aims to reduce the prevalence of inhumane puppy mills, which, according to the Humane Society, produce 99 percent of dogs and cats sold in pet stores. (The Humane Society also reports there are 10,000 puppy mills currently in the U.S.)
The bill, introduced by Sen. Raymond Lesniak, mandates that pet stores licensed after January 12, 2016, must obtain dogs and cats only from animal rescue organizations, as opposed to breeders, North Jersey reports.
“These puppy mills have gained a notorious reputation for putting profits ahead of the humane treatment of dogs and cats. Their mass breeding has created inbred health and behavioral problems and the inhumane conditions have left too many of these pets to suffer from neglect and mistreatment,” Lesniak said.
Though the bill passed 27-8, it remains to debated in the Assembly, where it’s opposed by Mike Bober, president and CEO of the Washington-based Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. Bober believes that despite the bill’s good intentions it will weaken pet protection laws and make opening pet stores difficult, North Jersey adds.
So keep your tails crossed all goes well.