2019 gets off to a good start for animal advocates in California. From the 1st of January 2019, pet stores are no longer allowed to sell animals from private breeders.

California's Pet Rescue and Adoption Act

The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was signed into law by California Governor Jerry Brown in October 2017.

The new law states that individuals are allowed to buy animals from private breeders but pet stores are no longer allowed to do so. Pet stores will instead sell animals from shelters and store operators have to be able to provide records of the origin of the animals or face a US$500 fine per animal.

Pet stores in end puppy mills and kitten factories

California is the first state to introduce such legalisation.

It is a big win for our four-legged friends and a victory against the cruel puppy mills and kitten factories. Hundreds of thousands of animals in shelters get euthanized every year and the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act will give abandoned animals a second chance at life. Selling shelter animals in pet stores will also save taxpayers millions of dollars.

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