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New Jersey Senate Passes Bill To Put An End Puppy Mill Sales In Pet Stores

P8010053_thumb By Tamara | July 11, 2016 | Comments (1)

New Jersey has just approved a bill that is a big step towards ending puppy mills.

The state senate approved a bill in the first week of July that would would require all pet stores licensed after January 12, 2016 to only sell cats and dogs brought in from shelters.

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

He introduced the bill in the wake of troubling pet store shut downs in the state after the New Jersey SPCA found the puppies were sick and kept in substandard conditions. One store in East Brunswick is facing 267 animal cruelty charges.

The bill, a revision of the New Jersey Pet Protection Act, passed by a vote of 27-8. The bill will now head to the Assembly where it will be debated.

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Every year we see new horrible suffering. We see dogs that have never known life outside of a cage stacked one on top the other. We see these innocent and helpless social animals with horrible deformities, infections and diseases covered in excrement. We've seen horribly overbred mothers tossed out like trash when they are no longer useful. We've seen this wonderful loving social animal afraid to walk on green grass and confined to the existence of commercial factory farming techniques for monetary gain. We've seen the bodies of the dead dogs who've lived their entire existence in the bondage of this monetary exploitation.... I applaud New Jersey for their progressive stance against puppy mills. One day the suffering will stop and you will look back at what you did to stop it and be very proud. I wish you every success with the bill... My fear is the sale of puppy mill dogs are going to change from the bricks and mortar stores to the Internet sites and all the dangers that entails. We must be forever vigilant for those who are helpless and cannot speak for themselves.
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