In a big win for animal rights activists and for pets who are waiting to be adopted, Californian pet stores will now have to get all their pets, including puppies, kittens, and rabbits from shelters and rescue centers only, not from breeders.
Individual pet owners, however, can still buy pets directly from responsible breeders, but can no longer buy bred animals through pet stores.
This new rule will begin on January 2019, and from then be illegal for pet stores to sell animals from breeders. This bill was a huge blow to puppy mills and kitten factories that mass produced animals for sale, in often inhumane conditions.
California is the first of the 50 states to pass legislation of this kind, and hopefully the remaining 49 states will follow!
The bill passed through the Senate and Assembly in California easily last month, earning praise from many animal rights groups. California is truly serving as an example for the rest of the country to follow!