No more dogs or cats for sale in pet stores: why this is good news

Fighting against animal abuse, here is the goal launched by the State of New York by banning the sale of animals in stores. An offer measure that is already in place in many American states, and that should soon be implemented in France.

VSis the good news this beginning of the week! No more buying dogs, cats and even rabbits in New York pet stores. New York State Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul prepares to sign the bill passed by the Legislative Assembly pet stores are prohibited from selling animalsreported the Huffington Post American. “We have no shortage of animals in need of help. We don’t have to produce them like commodities and always in abusive environments, ”said Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris.

Animal welfare first

The goal of this initiative? Prevent these stores from getting out of “animal factories”, known for their deplorable living conditions and their (very) high animal breeding rates. But New York is not a pioneer in this area. on many other U.S. states have already implemented this initiative, with California, Maine, Maryland, Illinois and Washington State. One of the strictest legislation is in Cambridge where shops are prohibited from selling reptiles, birds, hamsters or even gerbils.

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American authorities now encourages pet stores to work with shelters or associations animal rescue. They also recommendcreate an information area for customers aspires to adopt a pet, because once their sale in pet stores is banned, it still remains it is possible to buy a four foot friend through the owners directly.

The American Kennel Club, the largest smoke federation in the United States, has spoken out against this new announcement, criticizing its “anti-breeder” attitude and its harsh effects for consumers.

And in France?

In 2021, as part of the bill against animal abuse – which does not include sensitive topics such as breeding or hunting – the National Assembly voted forban on the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. The text is to take effect from 1 January 2024. In the same principle as “Lucy’s Law”, named after a dog detained for years on a puppy farm in Wales, the text but not applicable to new pets (NAC), such as hamsters and rabbits.

A popular measure for fight against forced purchase of animals and early settlement. Actually, according to an Ipsos survey, only 68 % of French people now think that banning the sale of these animals in stores is a good idea. And the law wants to go even further, by gradually banning wildlife in circuses and dolphinariums.

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