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California becomes first US state to ban sales of dogs from puppy mills

HANNAH LAWRENCE: ‘California has become the first US state to ban the sale of animals from puppy mills. A new law means that pet stores are required to work with animal shelters or rescue operations if they want to sell dogs, cats or rabbits. Despite 36 cities across the state, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, already having bans on mass breeding this is a landmark move in the campaign against large-scale operations that breed dogs for profit… Puppy mills have been widely criticised for failing to prioritise animal welfare and for keeping animals in overcrowded conditions and over-breeding. Supporters of the measure said it ensures better treatment of animals. Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told Business Insider: “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”.’ SOURCE…

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