To the editor:
I support the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (A.4313/S.1130) — New York legislation to prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.
This bill recently passed the state senate, and all New York animal lovers should want to see it through the Assembly next.
While protecting vulnerable animals from exploitation, this bill would still allow pet stores to continue to offer quality products and services, as well as space to shelters and rescues to showcase animals up for adoption. Local animals and overcrowded shelters would benefit, and families looking to add a pet to their family can continue to obtain pets from an animal rescue, shelter, or a state-licensed breeder.
Animal sales account for less than 2 percent of the $100 billion pet market, and we are long overdue to put an end to our state’s participation in the cruel puppy mill industry.
I ask all my neighbors to join me in urging our Assembly members to follow the senate’s lead and pass the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill.
Find your Assembly member at NY.gov with your address. Please contact them via email, letter, phone call, or leave a message to voice your support for this important bill, which will come to a vote in the Assembly in June.