Meredith Lee/The HSUS

Meredith Lee/The HSUS

New York: Urge your Assemblymember to support the Puppy Mill Pipeline Act

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Dear Assemblymember,

This critical bill will prohibit pet stores from selling puppies, kittens and rabbits, thereby protecting them and consumers from the cruel mill industry. This bill will also shut down the puppy mill to pet store pipeline and drive the pet market in New York towards more humane sources like shelters, rescues and responsible breeders.

Puppies sold in pet stores overwhelmingly come from puppy mills. This not only causes enormous suffering for dogs and puppies but also poses a public health risk to unsuspecting consumers who often end up purchasing sick puppies. The Centers for Disease Control pointed to systemic issues with disease control throughout the puppy mill-to-pet store pipeline resulting in an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of Campylobacter that so far has infected over 100 Americans across 22 states and sent dozens of people to the hospital. This outbreak is linked to contact with pet store puppies and due in part to irresponsible antibiotic use on behalf of the pet stores and their suppliers.

The huge majority of pet stores in New York are already in compliance with this legislation because they do not sell puppies. The most successful pet stores--both large chains and small shops--profit from selling products and offering in-demand services.

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