Anyone who follows Ella Bean on Instagram or Facebook knows that we’re deeply passionate about ending the cruelty, abuse, and neglect that puppy mills inflict on innocent animals. The three Beans, Ella, Coconut and most likely FiFi, were all produced in puppy mills. Since being rescued, the Beans live a life filled with tremendous love. They receive the best medical care and highest quality food. However, the doggie parents of our Beans were not so lucky. Their parents were left behind in puppy mills to suffer. These dogs live their lives in tiny, unsanitary cages, standing on wires, pumping out litter after litter until their little bodies give out, or worse.
I have always been surprised to walk down the streets of New York and see pet stores selling puppies from these puppy mills. I’m even more surprised to see fellow New Yorkers inside purchasing puppies, but I realize most people don’t yet know the truth about the source of these animals. They don’t know the suffering that commercial dog breeding causes, that their purchase will continue to fuel this industry and the likelihood that their new puppy will suffer with costly medical issues due to poor breeding. These stores promote that all their breeders are USDA licensed – as if meeting the barest of minimum standards of care should provide assurances to consumers.
Today, a bill was introduced that would bring change to New York ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from being sold in pet stores. We’re incredibly grateful to Senate Deputy Majority Leader Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF- Manhattan) for sponsoring this bill.
Passing this legislation would reduce the demand for puppy mill dogs, protect New York consumers from buying sickly animals, promote rescue and adoption. It is time for New York to progress and follow in the footsteps of Maryland, California and over 300 localities that have already passed similar bills. According to the ASPCA, at any time, over 2000 puppies are currently being sold in pet stores in New York. Today, we have a chance to take huge steps toward positive change.
We had the opportunity to attend the press conference announcing this bill at the ASPCA, and speak about this issue alongside Senator Gianaris, Assemblymember Rosenthal and Edie Falco, who is generously and passionately providing celebrity endorsement to raise awareness. It was an honor to be included to speak and to share Ella & Coconut’s stories.
We hope that all the animals that are suffering today due to commercial breeding will know the love of a family, the cozy feeling of a warm bed and that they’ll know they are finally safe.
This legislation brings us one step closer to making that dream a reality, and I hope you will all join us in ending the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores across New York.
New Yorkers, please join us and contact your local representatives and tell them you support a ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores and you urge them to pass A.6298/S.4234.
Please help us spread the word on social media & sign in support at the link below.
New Yorkers! Please help the @ASPCA fight puppy mill cruelty by contacting your legislator and asking them to support a ban on the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in NY’s pet stores: ASPCA.org/NYSban #NYstateofkind