A California assemblyman has introduced legislation to take the profit out of puppy and kitten mills that keep animals in filthy, overcrowded pens and deprive them of veterinary care.
The bill introduced by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell of Long Beach would prohibit pet stores in California from selling dogs, cats and rabbits purchased from substandard commercial breeders, according to City News Service and My News LA.
It would also help shelter animals find homes, according to Social Compassion In Legislation, a California- based nonprofit organization that promotes animal welfare. “Thousands of shelter and rescued animals will have a chance of finding their forever homes by getting out of the shelters and into store fronts,” said SCIL President Judie Mancuso.
O’Donnell is taking aim at bad breeders. “Inhumane breeding facilities are mass-producing animals for sale to the public, even as overcrowded shelters euthanize millions of dogs and cats each year,” O’Donnell said. His bill “celebrates responsible pet ownership by supporting access to rescues and pet adoptions.”
A similar local ordinance was enacted by the City of Los Angeles in 2012. To find out more about kitten mills, read this article on One Green Planet.
“As California taxpayers, we spend over a quarter of a billion dollars annually to house and kill animals,” said Mancuso. “We need to implement solutions and not settle for status quo for one more year.”