Governor Hochul expected to sign Puppy Mill pipeline bill

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New York State’s Puppy Mill pipeline bill is just one step away from becoming law after both houses of our state legislature voted overwhelmingly in favor of it.

Like many other practicing veterinarians who support this legislation, I regularly witness the negative effects of puppy mills. This bill (A.4283/S.1130) would prevent the sale of factory puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores statewide. Similar legislation has already been passed in Illinois, Maryland, Maine, Washington and California; I urge Governor Kathy Hochul to sign this measure and add New York to the growing list.

It’s all too common for consumers to feel an impulsive attraction to cute animals on display in pet stores. This can lead to their unwitting patronage of the inhumane breeding operations from which these animals originate. Unfortunately, these animals often arrive at pet stores afflicted with infections, parasites and other ailments resulting from the cramped and unsanitary conditions of the plant as well as the lack of adequate veterinary care – or in some cases none at all.

This means not only widespread animal suffering, but also heartbroken families whose new puppy cannot be saved or ends up in a shelter if the care proves too intense or too expensive. Even more often, irresponsible breeding practices cause many pet store animals to suffer from lifelong congenital or genetic diseases.

I see these issues first hand and can attest to the turmoil and anxiety they create for everyone involved. Often, veterinary clients cannot afford the diagnostics and treatments needed to combat these conditions, which should never have been introduced to animals in the first place.

One of the most difficult aspects of examining pet store puppies in veterinary practice is explaining to families that the animal was sold to them under false pretences. Pet store employees usually assure buyers that they are buying a healthy puppy from a responsible, high-quality breeder. Most buyers are unaware that their vulnerable young animal has usually traveled through multiple states in extremely stressful transportation. Little do they know that her parents were left in inhumane conditions that no animal-loving New Yorker would knowingly tolerate.

Myself and many other veterinarians educate clients about puppy mills as a central part of veterinary practice. We encourage customers to adopt animals from local shelters or shelters, and we emphasize the difference between traditional small family breeders and inhumane puppy mills. Still, veterinarians are fighting an uphill battle against puppy mill practices and the misleading pet store sales pitches that make mills thrive. Without sensible and targeted legislation, many New Yorkers will continue to find themselves on the other end of such deceptive marketing.

By signing the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill, Hochul can help animals, protect consumers, and foster humane businesses, including hundreds of New York pet stores that offer products and services without choosing to sell animals. cruelly crushed. Thousands of New York residents from all walks of life, many in the veterinary profession, have vehemently supported this bill. If enacted, our state will be both more accountable and more respected for prioritizing its human values.

Eileen Jefferson, DVM, has practiced veterinary medicine for 14 years and is the New York State representative for the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

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