Ban Stores From Selling Abused Puppy Mill Animals

Target: Chris Jacobs, Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee, New York State Senate

Goal: Ban the sale of animals from inhumane puppy and kitty mills at pet stores.

Retail pet shops in New York State, and many other states, are currently able to purchase and sell dogs and cats from commercial breeders. Purchase of these animals is not only allowed but is common practice. This promotes the prevalence of puppy and kitty mills and allows retail pet stores to turn a profit from the sale of poorly treated dogs and cats. This terrible practice should not be tolerated on a state level.

New York State Senator Michael Gianaris (Dem.-Queens) introduced bill S7711A, which would ban the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders at pet stores state-wide. This proposed legislation is currently sitting in committee in the New York State Legislature. Pet stores would be required to obtain dogs and cats from shelters and rescues rather than potential puppy and kitty mills. These cruel breeders make money from the misuse of animals, routinely killing or casting them aside when they can no longer reproduce, and they need to be regulated. This bill would also prevent pet stores from selling dogs and cats for profit, commercializing the companionship of our lovable furry friends. This bill is modeled closely after a recent law passed in the State of California to ban the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders in retail pet stores.

New York State should follow California’s lead by banning the sale of dogs and cats from breeders and promote the adoption of animals from rescues and shelters instead. Please, sign the petition to support this legislation and end the existence of puppy and kitty mills and their cruel ways.


Dear Mr. Jacobs,

New York State should pass the bill S7711A banning the sale of puppy and kitty mill animals at retail pet stores. The ability to make money off of the sale of these cruelly treated animals only promotes the presence of such operations.

The State of California and many municipalities have already passed similar laws prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats from commercial breeders at retail pet stores. With the prevalence of shelter and rescue animals available for adoption, there is no need for pet stores to treat dogs and cats as a commodity. Sale of these animals promotes these cruel operations that have been known to kill animals once they can no longer breed.

The practice of commercial breeding is abominable when there are more animals looking for homes than shelters and rescues can handle. Please, help passage of this widely-supported legislation by bringing it out of committee and to a vote.


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  1. How many more must suffer horribly before these hell holes are shut down! Greed is disgusting! There are lives at stake!

  2. Barton Dixon says:

    Thank you, New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, (Dem.-Queens) for introducing bill S7711A. It is such a needed, refreshing and welcome hope to help end the production of and suffering of animals in puppy mills and instead help the loving animals in need of homes already in our nations humane societies and animal rescues.

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