New legislation passed in California on Friday will soon require pet stores to get their puppies, kittens and rabbits from shelters and rescue centers only.
The New York Times reports that the bill is a major blow to “puppy mills” and “kitten factories,” which are known for mass-producing animals in often inhumane conditions for resale. “Because pet stores are one step removed from the breeding of the animals they sell, store owners rarely know the breeding conditions of their animals,” a fact sheet for the legislation says.
It was written by California Assembly members Patrick O’Donnell and Matt Dababneh, both Democrats, and signed into law on Friday. The law will go into effect in January 2019, with violators facing a $500 fine.