Extend AB-485 to Rescue Shelter Animals

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Each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized according to the ASPCA. Although there is a widespread love for animals across the United States and the world, there is little action being taken to begin reparations regarding the frightening statistics regarding the outcome of millions of shelter animals each year.

On February 14, 2017, Patrick O'Donnell, a California Assembly Member, introduced Bill AB-485, also known as the Pet Rescue and Adoption Act. This bill states that it would:

  • "...prohibit a pet store operator from selling a live dog, cat, or rabbit in a pet store unless the dog, cat, or rabbit was obtained from a public animal control agency or shelter, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals shelter, humane society shelter, or nonprofit rescue or adoption organization that is in a cooperative agreement with at least one private or public shelter, as specified."

And that:

  • "Existing law requires pet store operators, as defined, to comply with laws governing, among other things, the care of animals in pet stores. Existing law makes a pet store operator who violates these provisions guilty of a misdemeanor, under certain conditions. Existing law also regulates the retail sale of dogs and cats."

However, as of the present, the stipulations of this bill only apply to the state of California. In order to grow the protection of the welfare of all animals in a widespread manner, it is vital that this bill be introduced to as many more states as possible. This bill ensures that as many shelter animals as possible will be placed in accessible storefronts in order to find these animals suitable homes in healthy environments, rather than in possibly compromising situations in places such as an underfunded shelter or breeding mill.

The first step in ending harsh treatment of animals begins with awareness. Please spread the word about AB-485. 

- Reem Aoun, Katie Caulfield, Emily Morris



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