Landmark California Pet Store Ban Treats Animals as Pets, Not Products

By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker

Update: October 17, 2017, 4:00 PM ET

We are pleased to report that Gov. Jerry Brown signed A.B. 485 on October 13, making California the first state to ban the sale of commercially bred puppies, kittens and rabbits in pet stores. The ASPCA thanks the Governor for taking this historic action and was honored to work with many tireless advocates and legislators—including the bill’s author, Assembly member Patrick O’Donnell, and the bill’s sponsor, Social Compassion in Legislation—to set this humane precedent for the rest of the nation. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2019, allowing pet stores time to transition their business models.