California is set to change its laws so only rescue animals can be sold in pet shops – this huge step will make it the first US state to do so.
The new law states that all dogs, cats and rabbits sold in pet shops must come from shelters and not animal breeders. Authorities hope this law will help to putting a stop to the horrific puppy farms and kitten factories that animals are subjected to, often in inhumane conditions.
This law also follows on from the state’s law change back in 2017 when California became the first state to legally ban puppy farms – following 36 cities across the state banning mass breeding in a remarkable landmark move in the campaign against large-scale operations that breed dogs for profit.
Not only do authorities hope it will tackle mass farming of the pets, but also decrease the number of pets that are put down each year in shelters.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates than more than 6.5 million pets enter shelters across the country every year, of which a staggering 1.5 million are put down.