Hochul should sign the puppy mill bill

At the end of the most recent session, the Puppy-Mill Pipeline Bill (A.4283/S.1130) passed the state Legislature in a landslide, 190-21. This bill, as the summary says, “will prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits by retail pet stores. [and] allow collaboration with entities to provide space to present cats or dogs owned by certain entities for adoption. We strongly urge Governor Kathy Hochul to sign this essential piece of protective legislation.

For too long, retail pet stores across the state have sold animals from the cruellest and sleaziest producers – the infamous puppy mills. With so many healthy, loving companions desperately waiting to be adopted into shelters and shelters, there’s just no need to mass-produce even more of them. Additionally, having suffered abuse and deprivation from birth, many ground animals will develop behavioral and/or physical problems, despite their high price tag.

And finally, contrary to what the industry would have us believe, pet store revenues should remain healthy: according to the American Pet Products Association, Americans spent $42 billion on pet food/treats in 2020. In other words, no job should be lost. with this legislation, and we will become a more humane and compassionate state in the process.

The Legislative Assembly (and, by extension, the public) has spoken out resoundingly. Now is the time for the Governor to lend her final and definitive voice, for the animals. (Please consider respectfully asking Hochul to enact this bill: 518-474-8390.)

Patrick Battuello
Crew member, New York State Humanitarian Association