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New Jersey Passes New Law That Requires Pet Stores To Sell Only Rescue Animals
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New Jersey Passes New Law That Requires Pet Stores To Sell Only Rescue Animals

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New Jersey Senate has just passed a bill that hopefully will have a significant impact on how pets are purchased and will help crack down the cruel puppy mill industry. According to The Humane Society, there are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. today. They produce more than 2.4 million doggies a year — and less than 3,000 of those are regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Approximately 3.9 million of abused animals enter pet shelters every year with 1.2 million of them being euthanized.

“These puppy mills have gained a notorious reputation for putting profits ahead of the humane treatment of dogs and cats,” says Senator Raymond Lesniak who introduced the bill. “Their mass breeding has created inbred health and behavioral problems and the animal abuse have left too many of these pets to suffer from neglect and mistreatment.”

Representatives of the pet industry argue that the bill will make it difficult for new pet stores to open. They also say it will limit consumer choices and make it challenging to find a perfect family dog choosing only from rescue puppies.

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New Jersey Senate has just passed a bill that hopefully will help crack down the cruel puppy mill industry

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There are at least 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. today producing more than 2.4 million doggies a year

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Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter shelters every year with 1.2 million of them being euthanized

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Puppy mills have gained a notorious reputation for putting profits ahead of animals

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“Their mass breeding has created inbred health and behavioral problems…”

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“And the inhumane conditions have left too many of these pets to suffer from neglect and mistreatment”

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Yvonne Bernal
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ADOPT! Rescue pets are wonderful animals. I think buying that puppy mill "pure bred" says more about you than it ever would about your dog. I hope other states follow New Jersey soon!

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Jeanne Deaux
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All my 7 cats were adopted, one was even a feral one that was quickly tamed by good food and the promise of a place on my bed (or maybe I was the one tamed? ^_^ ). And I confirm that yes, they are wonderful animals.

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Cassie
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I haven't been in a pet store that sells pets other than fish and small animals in twenty years. I didn't realize other states still sold bred animals in pet stores. Twenty years ago, we got a dog and a cat from a pet store several months apart. Both had serious health problems. We have had a myriad of rescue animals since then, none of which has had health problems. If you feel you must buy an animal rather than adopt, you really should go to where they are bred and observe conditions before you make the purchase.

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JoAnne Klein
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now THAT is the biggest first step towards ending the ongoing massacre of millions and millions of cats and dogs via unregulated rampant breeding by greedy, ignorant humans. They ho have NO CLUE whatsoever about healthy, successful breeding, the disastrous results of constant inbreeding, nor do they give a damn. All they want is the money. And that also applies to the millions and millions of backyard breeders. Humans are uncontrollable. That's why laws need to be created in order to TRY to control them!

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Yvonne Bernal
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

ADOPT! Rescue pets are wonderful animals. I think buying that puppy mill "pure bred" says more about you than it ever would about your dog. I hope other states follow New Jersey soon!

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Jeanne Deaux
Community Member
7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All my 7 cats were adopted, one was even a feral one that was quickly tamed by good food and the promise of a place on my bed (or maybe I was the one tamed? ^_^ ). And I confirm that yes, they are wonderful animals.

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Cassie
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I haven't been in a pet store that sells pets other than fish and small animals in twenty years. I didn't realize other states still sold bred animals in pet stores. Twenty years ago, we got a dog and a cat from a pet store several months apart. Both had serious health problems. We have had a myriad of rescue animals since then, none of which has had health problems. If you feel you must buy an animal rather than adopt, you really should go to where they are bred and observe conditions before you make the purchase.

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JoAnne Klein
Community Member
7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now THAT is the biggest first step towards ending the ongoing massacre of millions and millions of cats and dogs via unregulated rampant breeding by greedy, ignorant humans. They ho have NO CLUE whatsoever about healthy, successful breeding, the disastrous results of constant inbreeding, nor do they give a damn. All they want is the money. And that also applies to the millions and millions of backyard breeders. Humans are uncontrollable. That's why laws need to be created in order to TRY to control them!

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