New legislation signed by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul will ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in New York pet stores.

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In a press release on Thursday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she had signed the legislation to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at retail pet stores, which will take effect in 2024. The goal of the legislation is to end the puppy mill pipeline, a system that frequently mistreats animals in the name of profit.

For those who may not be familiar with puppy mills, it's a term used to describe commercial animal breeders who breed animals for profit, and often leave animals in substandard conditions. Having worked at an animal shelter in my younger years, I've seen firsthand that the animals, especially the older animals, that are rescued from puppy mill operations require a great deal of extra care and attention, and often act fearfully or aggressively towards people.

"Dogs, cats and rabbits across New York deserve loving homes and humane treatment," said Governor Hochul. "I'm proud to sign this legislation, which will make meaningful steps to cut down on harsh treatment and protect the welfare of animals across the state."

Under the legislation, pet stores will be allowed to charge animal shelters rent to use their space for adoptions.

According to a report by Maysoon Khan for the associated press, Pets stores have argued that the law does nothing to shut down out-of-state breeders or increase their standard of care for the animals they breed. They also say that despite the intent of the bill to shut down the puppy mill pipeline, it will be pet stores that have to pay the price and dozens could close across New York State.

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