Puppy Mills

New Jersey is on the verge of banning puppy mills.

A bill has been passed in the Garden State that would make the dog-breeding centers illegal and establish new requirements for pet dealers. The legislation, dubbed S3041, was approved by the New Jersey Assembly this week and will now be heading to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie. “If Governor Christie doesn’t sign this ban on puppy mills, we’ll override his veto,” Sen. Raymond J. Lesniak, the bill’s sponsor, vowed in a Facebook video.
 
The legislation is ultimately a revision of the “Pet Purchase Protection Act,” which was signed into effect in 2015 and requires pet stores to disclose the origins of the dogs and cats they sell.  If passed, the bill would not only prohibit the sale of puppies from puppy mills, it would bar animal rescue organizations, shelters and pounds from obtaining cats or dogs from breeders or brokers in exchange for payment or compensation.
 
“The ‘Pet Purchase Protection Act’ was first enacted to attack the problem of pet shops in the state selling sick puppies supplied by large-scale, commercial breeding facilities,” the bill says. “Since its enactment, a significant number of cats and dogs are still sold at pet shops, over the Internet, and through brokers from large-scale, commercial breeding facilities where the health and welfare of the animals are not adequately provided for, commonly referred to as ‘kitten mills’ and ‘puppy mills.'”
 
According to the Humane Society, an estimated 10,000 puppy mills produce more than 2,400,000 puppies each year in the US.
 
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