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Retail Pet Sale Ban (Florida)

Prohibits retail pet stores from selling puppies and kittens (HB 45/SB 1138)

HB 45/SB 1138, sponsored by Representative Sam Killebrew (R-41) and Senator Jason Brodeur (R-9), prohibits pet stores from selling dogs and cats. Instead, stores can partner with animal shelters and rescues to offer adoptable animals. Approximately 70 local governments in Florida have already banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Maryland and California recently became the first two states to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats.

Updated

June 17, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Inactive

Likely to be reintroduced in 2022

“Puppy mills” and “kitten mills” refer to large-scale commercial breeding operations where profits are prioritized over the well-being of the animals. Mills produce as many animals as possible, as quickly as possible, in order to make money. Virtually all animals sold in pet stores are produced by mills. Stores are an ideal partner for mills because it allows the cruelty at the mills to remain hidden from consumers.

HB 45/SB 1138, sponsored by Representative Sam Killebrew (R-41) and Senator Jason Brodeur (R-9), prohibits pet stores from selling dogs and cats. Instead, stores can partner with animal shelters and rescues to offer adoptable animals. Approximately 70 local governments in Florida have already banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Maryland and California recently became the first two states to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats.

Animals bred in mills experience severe cruelty and neglect. They are denied adequate veterinary care or the nutrition, exercise, and companionship they need to thrive. Kept in tiny cages 24 hours a day, denied the ability to socialize with other animals, or run outdoors, mother dogs are forced to have multiple litters every year until their bodies give out. Once they are no longer profitable, the dogs are usually killed or abandoned.

Prohibiting the sale of puppies and kittens bred in mills also protects consumers. The Animal Legal Defense Fund has represented numerous families who have been left with hundreds or thousands of dollars in veterinary bills caring for gravely ill animals purchased from pet stores that made false or misleading claims about the puppies’ veterinary care. Despite intervention, some of the animals died.

Learn more about puppy mills.

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