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Letter to the Editor 8/22: State puppy mill bill will protect animals

Letter to the Editor 8/22: State puppy mill bill will protect animals

The New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill (A.6298-A) would prohibit the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits at retail pet stores in 2021. If passed, New Yorkers will be able to either buy their pets from responsible breeders or adopt from shelters.
While not all, most animals sold at pet stores do not come from responsible breeders. They come from deplorable large-scale commercial breeding facilities, such as puppy mills. This is an issue that is extremely important to me, as I am well-versed on the horrifying realities of puppy mills where profit is prioritized over animal welfare.
Puppy mills offer their animals little veterinary care and socialization and keep animals in tight and filthy wire-bottomed cages.
Pet stores should not be allowed to continue to profit from this cruelty. New Yorkers must come together and end our support for an industry that treats animals as mere objects. That is why I am calling on Assembly member Mary Beth Walsh to vote yes to pass the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill A.6298-A.
Nancy Vlahos
Amsterdam

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