NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York state Senate passed a bill Wednesday to ban retail pet stores from selling cats, dogs and rabbits.
The initiative is aimed at cracking down on breeding facilities commonly known as puppy mills.READ MORE: New York Celebrates End Of COVID Restrictions With Fireworks Honoring Essential Workers
Sponsors of the bill say these facilities have a reputation for inhumane living conditions and animals often suffer from health problems.READ MORE: See It: Fireworks Honor Essential Workers, As New York Lifts Most COVID Restrictions
The measure also allows for space in stores to showcase cats or dogs available for adoption from certain organizations.MORE NEWS: 'A Momentous Day:' New York Relaxes Most COVID-19 Restrictions After Reaching 70% Vaccination Rate
The bill now moves to the state Assembly.