You are reading

Gianaris Bill That Would Ban Animal Sales in Pet Stores is Gaining Momentum

A Goldendoodle that was sold at a puppy mill in New York State (Photo: Queens Post)

April 27, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A bill that would ban the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores in New York is making headway in the state legislature.

The legislation — sponsored by Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal and State Sen. Michael Gianaris — is set to move for a full vote on the floor of both the assembly and senate.

Gianaris and Rosenthal aim to stop stores from selling pets from puppy mills and breeding farms, where animals are often overbred and subjected to harsh living conditions. The bill would also prohibit the sale of rabbits in pet stores.

The pair have attempted to pass the bill through the state legislature in the past. Last year, it passed the Senate but failed to get out the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee for a full vote.

The bill was approved by the Assembly Agriculture Committee today for the first time. It was also approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

“I am pleased this important proposal continues to build momentum in the legislature,” Gianaris said.

Gianaris hopes his bill will end the puppy mill pipeline to pet stores. He said pet-seekers should instead turn to shelters and rescue organizations to adopt animals in need of a home. Additionally, he said, if people do want a particular breed of dog—they can deal directly with a breeder.

“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for puppy mills that abuse animals to supply pet stores,” Gianaris said in a statement. “Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities.”

Pet store owners can work with shelters to organize adoption events at their stores as an alternative to selling animals, Gianaris said.

The legislation would affect the approximately 80 pet stores registered throughout the state that sell dogs, cats and rabbits.

The legislation has been well-received by animal rights activists and organizations like the ASPCA, among others.

“Having one of the country’s highest concentrations of pet stores that sell puppies, New York State needs to end the sale of cruelly bred puppy mill dogs in pet shops,” ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker said.

“Shutting down the puppy mill pipeline will help stop unscrupulous breeders from engaging in—and profiting from—unconscionable brutality.”

However, the Pet Industry Advisory Council, a trade group that represents pet stores, argues that the legislation is misguided.

“We all agree that bad breeders need to be shut down, but this misguided bill will not do that. In reality, the bad breeders this legislation targets will go untouched while responsible pet stores pay the price and will be forced to close their doors and lay off hardworking New Yorkers,” the group says in a statement.

“Families who are seeking a specific breed of dog will be driven to unregulated sources, and could fall victim to scams,” the trade group adds.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Southeast Queens man indicted for stealing more than $1.1M in pandemic loan fraud scheme: Feds

A Springfield Gardens man was arrested by federal agents on Thursday morning for allegedly stealing more than $1.1 million in a COVID-19 loan fraud scheme.

Terry Dor, 36, of 145th Road, was arraigned hours later in Brooklyn federal court on an eight-count indictment charging him with wire fraud, theft of public funds and money laundering in connection with a scheme to steal funds from the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program that provided emergency funding to distressed businesses during the pandemic.

NYPD honors school crossing guard who was killed at dangerous Queens intersection in October

Fallen school crossing guard Krystyna Naprawa was posthumously promoted by the NYPD to the rank of community coordinator during a ceremony at One Police Plaza on Thursday attended by her family, friends and dozens of colleagues.

The 14-year veteran was killed while on duty on the morning of Oct. 20 after safely guiding children across a busy intersection on Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue in Woodhaven. Moments later, Naprawa was struck by a turning dump truck that proceeded to run her over. EMS pronounced her dead at the scene.

Miss G, the culinary matriarch, celebrates over 30 years of serving the best Jamaican cuisine in Queens

Feb. 22, 2024 By Tracey Khan

In the heart of Queens, there is a culinary gem that has woven itself into the very fabric of the community – G’s Restaurant & Bakery located at 135-36 Rockaway Blv’d., South Ozone. For more than three decades, G’s Restaurant has been serving up some of the most authentic and mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine and stands as a testament to the enduring power of a dream and the legacy of one woman’s culinary prowess.

Crunching the Queens crime numbers: felony assaults across the borough on the rise, burglaries down slightly in northern Queens

Feb. 21, 2024 By Ethan Marshall

The number of felony assaults across Queens increased during the 28-day period from Jan. 22 through Feb. 18, compared to the same period of time last year, according to the latest crime stats released by the NYPD Tuesday. At the same time, the number of reported burglaries experienced a slight but noticeable drop in northern Queens.

Police officer injured during traffic stop in South Ozone Park after driver speeds off: NYPD

Police from the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park are actively searching for the driver of a sports car responsible for injuring an officer during a traffic stop on Sunday evening.

The driver of a black Corvette was traveling westbound on Rockaway Boulevard when officers pulled him for speeding just after 9 p.m. near the intersection of Centerville Street and 109th Avenue in South Ozone Park. As one of the officers approached the vehicle, the driver stepped on the accelerator running over the cop’s foot as the Corvette sped away from the scene, police said.