A puppy. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
A new bill signed into law yesterday will prevent pet stores in Atlanta from selling cats and dogs.
Supporters of the bill say it will help prevent puppy and kitten mills, where breeders raise animals for sale in inhumane conditions, by decreasing demand. “This is a landmark victory for the welfare of animals in Atlanta,” the Atlanta Humane Society said in a statement. “And the Atlanta Humane Society is elated to have been present for the vote and a proponent for more humane legislation.”
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was also enthusiastic about the ruling, saying in a statement: “We are pleased to report that the measure to prohibit the retail sale of dogs and cats in Atlanta’s pet stores was passed by the Atlanta City Council and approved last night by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.”
Both organizations were strong proponents of the legislation while it was moving through the city council, 11 Alive reports
More than 250 local governments have passed similar ordinances, according the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Atlanta is the ninth Georgia city to do so.
The legislation would not impact licensed breeders, and does not prohibit pet stores from housing cats and dogs that are available through adoption, provided they are over eight weeks old and owned by an animal care facility or rescue organization, the AJC reports.