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Action Alert

New York: Urge Your Assemblymember to Support the Puppy Mill Pipeline Act

This action is for New York residents only.

The Puppy Mill Pipeline Act (S.1130/A.4283) would shut down the puppy mill to pet store pipeline by prohibiting the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in retail stores. The bill has passed out of the New York Senate, the Assembly Agriculture Committee, the Assembly Codes Committee, and is now in the Rules Committee.

Please call your state assemblymember, then send a follow-up email, urging them to support and co-sponsor the Puppy Mill Pipeline Act (S.1130/A.4283).

You can send an email and/or call your assemblymember using the form below. Phone calls have much more impact than emails. If you’re able to make a phone call, please do so.

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The Puppy Mill Pipeline Act bill, sponsored by Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal, is part of the growing movement to fight against puppy and kitten mills, large-scale commercial breeding facilities that keep animals in poor conditions while mass-producing them for sale. Often confined to barren, wire cages with little companionship, dogs in puppy mills suffer physically and psychologically. They are generally denied access to clean food and water or veterinary care. Mother “breeder” dogs give birth to multiple litters per year and are typically abandoned or killed when no longer deemed useful to puppy mill operators.

Retail pet stores that sell animals sourced from puppy and kitten mills — or from third party brokers who procure animals from these types of breeders — provide very little information to consumers about the origin of the animals. Federal standards for these facilities are notoriously lax, making it more urgent that this bill be passed.

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