|Some cities have already embraced rules California has adopted state-wide.|
Starting January 1, pet stores in California will only be allowed to sell animals from shelters or rescue groups. Pet store owners will now face a $500 penalty per animal if they do not provide records of origin, according to CNN. Californians can still purchase animals from private breeders.
The law was opposed by the American Kennel Club, who said that it would increase the chances of people buying pets that are not a good match.
NO, the AKC did not explain how stopping an impulse buy at a pet store would harm a good match, while forcing folks to find a breeder and maybe "use the Google" would be a bad idea.
The AKC has, however, explained in the past how a significant portion of its budget comes from puppy mills.
In fact, the AKC is so wedded to puppy mills that it created a special computer registration program for puppy mills selling dogs through pet shops -- a registration systems that gives a discount to the pet shops and puppy mills while continuing to charge full price for more reputable breeders.