February 5, 2020
To Senator Michael Gianaris for introducing Senate Bill 593 to prohibit pet stores from selling puppies and kittens.
New York Legislators are trying to find a solution to prevent the future death of puppies and kittens purchased from pet stores. Many pet stores acquire their animals from commercial breeding facilities. These breeders are known for desiring quantity over quality while animals are in their care. Greed blinds them to the suffering that pregnant cats and dogs endure birthing litter after litter of kittens and puppies. Pain is a normal part of their daily lives. Some of the common ailments include eye infections, skin conditions from poor hygiene, dental problems, malnutrition, and dehydration. Veterinary care is minimal or nonexistent. Many puppies or kittens contract illnesses even before being sold to pet stores. Upon arrival, they look healthy and are purchased by excited pet owners.
To help protect buyers from acquiring a sick furbaby, Senator Michael Gianaris (D-12th District) has introduced Senate Bill 593. This bill would require pet stores to source their animals from rescue groups or organizations promoting pet adoption. Pet adoption is one of the humane ways we, as a society, can help combat pet homelessness. If passed, the law will go into effect 90 days after being signed. A similar bill was introduced in 2018.
Take Action: New York residents contact your Senator to show your support for Senate Bill 593 to help combat commercial breeding and promote pet adoption.