Written by PETA
Lawmakers in California are taking a big
step to protect animals from greedy breeders. Landmark two-part legislation bans the sale of animals
in any public venue, which includes attempts by breeders to meet buyers they
have contacted over the Internet in a neutral location.
The law will, we hope, hinder puppy-mill
operators, who often don't want potential buyers to see the cramped, crude, and filthy
in which the animals are kept. Undercover investigations of puppy mills
have documented dogs with no protection from the heat or cold and no veterinary
care while suffering from medical conditions such as crusty, oozing eyes; raging
ear infections; mange; and abscessed feet from being forced to stand on wire
cage floors. Investigators have also observed dogs who had gone "kennel
crazy," frantically turning in circles in their tiny cages.
The new law also increases the penalties
for animal neglect so that they are on par with the penalties for cruelty. And
some cities in California are going a step further, such as Glendale, where
the City Council banned
pet store sales
of dogs and cats. Of course, we can all protect animals from abuse in the pet
trade by always adopting instead of buying.
by Michelle Sherrow
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