Chipman bill to prohibit sale of dogs and cats in retail stores to have public hearing
AUGUSTA — Legislation by Sen. Ben Chipman, D-Portland, would prohibit Maine pet shops from selling dogs and cats. The bill, LD 1311 “An Act Regarding the Sale of Dogs and Cats at Pet Shops,” will receive a public hearing at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 in the Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.
“With so many animals waiting for homes in shelters and breed-specific rescues, it makes sense to ban the practice of mass produced puppies and kittens for sale in pet shops,” said Sen. Chipman.
The mass production of puppies and kittens in large-scale commercial breeding facilities is an outdated practice with the sole purpose of selling to retail pet shops and online buyers. Unfortunately, these facilities often fail to provide basic care and result in inhumane treatment of the animals bred there. There are many other humane and safe options for obtaining cats and dogs in Maine, including local reputable breeders, breed specific rescue groups and animal shelters. This bill would not affect local breeders, breeding kennels or hobby breeders.
According to Maine Friends of Animals, only three out of 76 licensed pet shops in Maine actively sell puppies and kittens. With declining sales and profitability, a number of pet shops in Maine have had to close.
Following the public hearing, LD 1311 will face further action in committee before votes in the Maine House and Senate.