California is now the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits that were bred in puppy mills. Should New York follow suit?

California Governor Jerry Brown signed the law in October and it is expected to go into effect by January 1, 2019.

The law would punish any pet store for selling animals raised in puppy mills with a $500 fine.

The law also helps promote adoption of shelter animals in the state.

ASPCA President Matt Bershadker applauded the decision:

"This landmark law breaks the puppy mill supply chain that pushes puppies into California pet stores and has allowed unscrupulous breeders to profit from abusive practices," said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. "We're proud to be part of the coalition that worked alongside Assemblymember Patrick O'Donnell to pass this critical animal protection bill, and thank the California legislature and Governor Brown for sending the clear message that industries supporting animal cruelty will not be tolerated in our society."

According to BusinessInsider.com, California now joins over 230 cities, towns and counties across the country to pass similar laws.

With the number of animal cruelty cases in New York State over the last few years, this sounds like an idea we should embrace, doesn't it?

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