Name: California: Stop Pet Shops from Selling Animals Obtained from Breeding Mills
Bill Number: AB 485
Each year, more than two million dogs, cats and rabbits are
born in large-scale commercial breeding facilities, where they are kept in
inhumane conditions that make them susceptible to disease and birth defects.
One way to combat these abuses and put puppy, kitten and rabbit mills out of
business is to prohibit pet stores from selling animals that come from
large-scale commercial breeding operations.
AB 485 would prohibit pet store operators from selling dogs,
cats and rabbits unless the animal was obtained from an animal control agency,
an animal shelter or an animal rescue organization. This bill passed both the
California House and Senate and is awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature. This
would make California the first state to enact a statewide ban on the sale of
dogs, cats and rabbits from commercial breeders in pet shops.
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Please Support a Ban on the Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits from Commercial Breeders in Pet Stores
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask that you sign AB 485, a bill that would prohibit individuals from selling dogs, cats or rabbits in pet stores unless they were obtained from an animal control agency, an animal shelter or a rescue organization.This bill is an essential step in in reducing the number of large-scale commercial breeding facilities--puppy mills, kitten mills and rabbit mills--that subject animals to inhumane conditions, expose them to disease and allow the breeding of animals that are highly susceptible to birth defects. Puppy, kitten and rabbit mills emphasize profit over the health and well-being of companion animals, resulting in sick and unsocialized animals and consumers who receive "damaged" goods from pet shop sales.Please give your support to this bill that would help eliminate the market for commercially-bred pets, protect consumers from purchasing unhealthy animals and encourage the adoption of rescue and shelter animals in need of homes.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]