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NY bill proposes banning retail sales of dogs, cats, rabbits

Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 03, 2020

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York could ban retail pet shops from selling dogs, cats or rabbits as soon as mid-2021 under a Democratic state senator's bill.

Deputy Senate Leader Mike Gianaris said Monday that the state would join Maryland and California and hundreds of municipalities nationwide that have taken a stand to outlaw sales of those pets.

Supporters including The Humane Society of the United States and the New York State Animal Protection Federation say the vast majority of New York pet stores already don't sell cats, dogs or rabbits. But Libby Post, the executive director of the federation, says the proposal is an “opportunity for pet stores to rebrand themselves as compassionate businesses that put puppies over profits.”