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NY City Council to consider animal bills on April 30

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Four proposed animal bills are scheduled to go before the New York City Council’s Committee on Health on Wednesday.

If passed, the introduced bills, which can be found on the New York City Council’s website, will amend the administrative code of the city of New York in relation to the following:

Int. 55: To prohibit the sale of puppies and kittens bred in puppy and kitten mills.

Int. 73: To update the definition of a pet shop within the Animal Abuse Registration Act.

Int. 136: To require the spaying or neutering of cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs sold at pet shops. Includes upfront dog licensing.

Int. 146: To mandate microchipping animals sold at pet shops.

It is no surprise that the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is against Int. No. 55, which would ban pet stores from selling what their website calls “the happy, healthy kittens or purebred puppies” provided by breeders. Animal welfare groups such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), however, have long warned against buying puppies and kittens from high-volume breeders known as puppy mills. Click here to read more about puppy mills.

According to Veterinary Practice News, Mike Bober, PIJAC’s vice president of government affairs, said "On No. 55, we are going to be actively encouraging people to make their voices heard, turn out, testify.”

Animal activists should be doing the same.

The meeting will be held on April 30 at 1:00 p.m. in the Committee Room at City Hall, in City Hall Park, New York City.

Watch hearings live here.

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