California recently introduced a statewide ban on the sale of puppy-mill animals by pet stores, marking the first statewide ban of its kind in the United States. The new law, which came into effect on January 1, will require pet stores selling dogs, cats, and rabbits to work with local animal shelters and rescue organizations to promote the adoption of homeless animals. Any store that sells animals from a commercial breeder will be fined $500 per sale. However, the law does not ban the private sale of animals. “This landmark law breaks the puppy-mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices,” Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said. “We’re proud to be part of the coalition that worked alongside assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell to pass this critical animal protection bill, and thank the California legislature and Governor [Jerry] Brown for sending the clear message that industries supporting animal cruelty will not be tolerated in our society.” California joins more than 230 cities, towns, and counties across the US that have passed similar pet-store ordinances.

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