According to CBS News, California will soon become the first state to ban retail sales of cats and dogs (and rabbits), unless the animals come from rescue groups and shelters. This is a fantastic New Year’s resolution California. The ban will help to curb the rampant breeding at puppy mills, which have been a scourge of the pet industry. Moving forward, pet stores no complying with this new law will be subject to steep fines. Owners of pet stores will have to keep records of where the animals are coming from.
California is leading the way for pet rights, by not only curbing the puppy mills, but also treating dogs and cats as animals, instead of property. Hopefully other states will look to see how this law helps to control the senseless breeding of pets for money, especially when there are already so many homeless dogs and cats in need of placement.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” The United States has got a long way to go, before living up to those sentiments. Thankfully, one state is putting its foot down to protect animal rights.
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