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California becomes the first US state to sell only rescued animals in pet shops

California becomes the first US state to sell only rescued animals in pet shops

Politician behind bill describes it as ‘big win for our four-legged friends’ 

California is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in pet shops unless they are from rescue centers. California sell rescued animals

The law, which takes effect from 1 January, was conceived as a way to crack down on so-called “kitten factories” and “puppy mills”.

Such “high volume” operations that breed animals for profit have been associated with inhumane conditions and long-term health problems for the animals.

Known as AB 485, the bill means pet shops will have to provide records of each animal’s origin or face a $500 (£391) penalty.

Californians will still be able to purchase non-rescue animals from private breeders.

The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was originally introduced by assembly member Patrick O’Donnell and signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown in October 2017.California sell rescued animals

Mr. O’Donnell said the law was a “big win for our four-legged friends”, and also for taxpayers, given the $250m (£196m) spent every year to house and euthanise shelter animals in euthanizing.

The legislation requires each shop to maintain records on all dogs, cats, and rabbits, and post “in a conspicuous location on the cage or enclosure of each animal” a sign outlining where they came from.

It also states shops must comply with laws that require animals to be spayed or neutered.

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