Way to go New Jersey! The state has recently passed a new law that requires pet stores to only sell rescue animals. Animal Rights activists has complained for years about where pet stores source their animals, because when pet stores choose to purchase their dogs, they often contribute to the inhumane business of puppy mills.
According to the Humane Society, there is an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the United State, with millions of dogs being born each year. Inhumane conditions, forced over-breeding, and animal abuse run rampant in the mostly unregulated industry. It is also estimated that 99% of cats and dogs available in pet stores come from mills.
The statistics are grim. “Mother dogs remain locked in cages their whole lives and have half the life expectancy of the average dog. Twenty percent of their puppies don’t even make it to stores. They die in terrible conditions. And the ones who do get sold often have undisclosed health issues.” In addition to the millions of animals intentionally bred in mills, nearly 4 million dogs end up in shelters, and over a million are euthanized each year.
This law in New Jersey is an important step in ending the puppy mill practice and encourage healthy, responsible pet ownership. The bill has passed, and now will go to the Assembly to be debated further.