New York could ban retail shops from selling dogs, cats or rabbits under a new Democratic state senator’s bill, according to Hamodia. Libby Post, the executive director of the New York State Animal Protection Federation praised how the proposal would allow retail pet stores to “put puppies over profit” as they work to rebrand themselves.
When asked about the state’s interest in this proposal, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s spokesperson said that the governor’s office would be interested in anything that would further protect pets. If people in New York are interested in purchasing pets under this new legislation, they would have to do so from a breeder. If pet stores are found selling animals, they will face a serious penalty. If the bill should pass, it will become effective one year after being signed into law.