California is set to end up being the first state in the US to ban the sale of non-rescue animals in pet shops.
The brand-new law, referred to as AB 485, takes effect on 1 January. Any businesses violating it face a $500 (₤ 400) fine.
The modification suggests felines, dogs and rabbits offered by retailers can not be sourced from breeders, just from animal shelters.
Animal rights groups have heralded it as a step forward versus so-called “kitten factories” and “puppy mills”.
They say the present “high-volume” industries, where family pets are reproduced for earnings, can result in inhumane treatment and long-term emotional and physical health problems in some animals.
The brand-new state-wide law, approved in late 2017, will now need shops to preserve sufficient records of where they sourced each animal, for periodic checks by authorities.
It does not, nevertheless, impact sales from private breeders or owner-to-owner sales.
Some Californian store owners have actually raised concern the law could put them out of organisation. The measure has actually also seen resistance from the American Kennel Club, which stated it limits pet owners.
According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) price quotes, more than 6.5 million family pets go into shelters throughout the nation every year, of which about 1.5 million are put down.
The California assembly member who introduced the legislation, Patrick O’Donnell, has firmly insisted the legislation is not just “a big win” for “four-legged buddies”, however for California taxpayers too, as they invest hundreds of millions on safeguarding animals across the state.