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Are Pet Shops Cruel?

Pet shops often sell animals that are too small to live in, and many of these animals are kept in cramped cages that can cause anatomical and physiological diseases. Even small animals such as betta fish are often crammed into small plastic containers, causing them to suffer from a host of diseases. Often, dead fish are left in cups of dirty water. If you’re considering purchasing a pet, consider the following:

Many pet shops purchase animals from brokers instead of from direct breeders. This makes it difficult for the consumer to know where the animals have come from. Pet stores also may be selling sick or behaviorally challenged animals. While the animals themselves are usually treated well in pet stores, they often do not receive adequate care. Therefore, a complaint can be filed against these stores. If you notice that a pet shop is not caring for their animals, consider contacting your local police department or humane society. Depending on the state’s laws, you may even want to contact local media in your area.

In California, meanwhile, lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban pet sales in retail pet stores. They aim to prevent puppy mills from selling their animals. Deputy Senate Majority Leader Mike Gianaris and Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal have introduced similar bills, and they have already passed the Senate Agriculture Committee. In the meantime, AB 485 passed the California legislature and now heads to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. Although it’s unclear how long it will take for the legislation to take effect, this bill will definitely be a step forward.

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