California imposes strict law regarding the sale of pets

Mission Hills, CA - April 27: An unweaned kitten is bottle fed inside the kitten nursery at the Best Friends Animal Society shelter on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Mission Hills, CA. Among the services offered, volunteers here feed neonatal (unweaned) kittens - which are typically euthanized immediately around the clock. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Mission Hills, CA – April 27: An unweaned kitten is bottle fed inside the kitten nursery at the Best Friends Animal Society shelter on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Mission Hills, CA. Among the services offered, volunteers here feed neonatal (unweaned) kittens – which are typically euthanized immediately around the clock. (Photo by Patrick T. Fallon for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

In California, it is now illegal for pet stores to sell pets that don’t actually come from  animal shelters.  According to reports, officials hope that the new law will “foster an environment in which animals from animal shelters are afforded an opportunity to have a good home”.

According to the Huffington Post, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law Friday after months of pressure from animal rights groups.    It is farthest from a secret that animals in animal shelters even in states like California, face, unprecedented conditions while forcibly  put into situations that require breeding.

“We are overjoyed with the Governor’s signature and broad support from the entire animal-loving community for this groundbreaking legislation,” the group’s founder and CEO, Judie Mancuso, said in a statement. “In banning the sale of mill-bred animals, California took a bold step forward. The deplorable conditions that animals suffer in these high-volume breeding facilities are not a secret and now they have a champion in California.”

The law takes way in January 2019.   Stores found in violation will face up to $500 in fines each time they are caught.

 

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