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Yay! California Gov. Signs Law Requiring Pet Stores To Sell Rescue Animals

Proudly, California became the very first state to legally demand that pet stores sell rescue animals on October 17th, 2017; Governor Jerry Brown pushed the legislation across red-tape and into law.

This dog was rescued from a South Korean dog meat farm and now lives at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (SPCA) shelter. Source: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images.

Beginning in 2019, pet stores will be legally required to sell dogs, cats and rabbits from adoption centers or animal shelters. What’s more, establishments can be fined $500 if they do sell a non-rescue animal—and that’s $500 per animal sold. Democrat Assemblyman for Long Beach Patrick O’Donnell has proclaimed that, “This is a big win for our four-legged friends, of course.”

However, the LATimes.com points out that not all residents of California are in favour of this new legislation: the American Kennel Club and California Retailers Association oppose the law, and vice president of government relations for the American Kennel Club argues that, “AB 485 blocks all of California’s pet lovers from having access to professional, licensed, and ethical commercial breeders. This is not good for Californians or their companion animals.”

Yet, it’s important to remember that expecting all human beings to be happy with any particular change is always unwise.

View image on Twitter. Patrick O’Donnell✔@AsmPatODonnell writes: “#AB485, PET RESCUE & ADOPTION ACT SIGNED! Big thanks to @JerryBrownGov & #SocialCompassioninLegislationhttps://a70.asmdc.org/press-releases/puppy-mills-kitten-factories-table-pet-retailers-california …

 

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