California will become the first state in the United States to ban veterinarians from selling cats, dogs and rabbits that do not come from a shelter or rescue group. All that remains is the signature of Jerry Brown, the governor, who has until October 15 to pass the bill or veto it.
The act of rescue and adoption of animals won a unanimous vote in the Senate last week, according to reports NBC San Diego.
Under this legislation, owners of veterinarian practices wishing to sell cats, dogs or rabbits will have to work in conjunction with animal shelters and rescue groups to do so.
The two animal welfare organizations that promoted the law highlighted two main benefits: first, “it would curb the activity of breeding animals that multiply the animals of race to obtain an economic return in precarious conditions” and, secondly, the legislation would promote the adoption of animals rescued from the street.
Opponents of the law argue that it would limit consumer access to popular pet breeds and are less likely to be sheltered. In turn, they argued that the medical and genetic history of shelter animals are generally unknown.
However, the law would only affect veterinarians. Anyone who wants to buy an animal from a private breeder can continue to do so.
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