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Eastern States Introduce Laws to Protect Animals Sold As Pets

A new law in New York and a groundbreaking bill introduced in Connecticut respectively aim to address some very important issues regarding which animals make appropriate pets and the suffering caused by puppy mills.


As of the beginning of this year, a law passed in New York State prohibits private citizens from keeping certain wild animals as pets, including venomous snakes, monkeys, bears and exotic cats. The bill is intended to both ensure public safety and promote conservation of wild animals in their natural habitats. Those who acquired wild animals as pets before the ban went into effect will be allowed to keep them as long as they register for a special permit. Exceptions to the law are made for zoos, research facilities and mobility-impaired individuals who are assisted by monkeys in daily living.


In Connecticut, a bill has been introduced to the General Assembly to prevent pet stores from selling dogs under one year old. H.B. 5010 targets the puppy mill industry, which mass produces puppies in deplorable conditions for sale in pet stores. Poor sanitation, confinement in cages and overcrowding in most puppy mills create sick dogs that are then sold through pet stores to unsuspecting customers. If it is passed, H.B. 5010 will protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing sick animals, and promote adoption of animals from shelters.


WHAT YOU CAN DO


If you are a Connecticut resident, please contact members of the state's Joint Committee on Environment, which is set to vote on this issue soon. Click here to find names and contact information for committee members.


I hope this bill passes!
 

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That's great! That means if someone wants a puppy they will have to go to a breeder and they won't be tempted to buy from a pet store. Most people won't want to buy a dog at a year old and they aren't as cute as puppies so it won't be an impulse buy. Now they just have to figure out how to get to the back yard breeders!
 
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