Californian law change means pet shops can sell only rescued animals

Loohan

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I am not normally enthused about increased government control and laws but this one applies only to pet shops.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-46717173
California is set to become the first state in the US to ban the sale of non-rescue animals in pet shops.

The new law, known as AB 485, takes effect on 1 January. Any businesses violating it face a $500 (£400) fine.

The change means cats, dogs and rabbits sold by retailers cannot be sourced from breeders, only from animal shelters.

Animal rights groups have heralded it as a step forward against so-called "kitten factories" and "puppy mills".

They say the current "high-volume" industries, where pets are bred for profit, can lead to inhumane treatment and long-term emotional and physical health problems in some animals.

The new state-wide law, approved in late 2017, will now require shops to maintain sufficient records of where they sourced each animal, for periodic checks by authorities.
It does not, however, affect sales from private breeders or owner-to-owner sales.
Reptiles next?
 

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let us know what its says about turtles and tortoises!

I'm all for treating all animals right. But I feel the right why is to punish those that commit cruelty and not just punish all. I fear this law will drive good people away from working with animals as well. I have a good friend that has made her living breeding rabbits for years she is an amazing person and always takes wonderful care of all her animals. But she dose do a lot of sales to pet shops. I hope this dose not hurt her Business.
 

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let us know what its says about turtles and tortoises!

I'm all for treating all animals right. But I feel the right why is to punish those that commit cruelty and not just punish all. I fear this law will drive good people away from working with animals as well. I have a good friend that has made her living breeding rabbits for years she is an amazing person and always takes wonderful care of all her animals. But she dose do a lot of sales to pet shops. I hope this dose not hurt her Business.

Good point. No doubt it will hurt the business of any breeders who sell to stores, and not all of them are unethical.
 

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as far as dogs and cats , anyone selling puppies to a pet store should be put out of business …… there is no such thing as an ethical dog breeder selling pups to a middleman for resale …….
 

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as far as dogs and cats , anyone selling puppies to a pet store should be put out of business …… there is no such thing as an ethical dog breeder selling pups to a middleman for resale …….

Agree with this. Good breeders care about the quality of the breed and not making a profit. Good Breeders would never let their pups go to a pet store.
 
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