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California Bans Pet Shop Sales of Non-Rescue Animals

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The law covers dogs, cats and rabbits.

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a statewide ban on the sale of non-rescue, non-sh­­elter dogs, cats and rabbits from pet stores, The Mercury News reports.

California is the first state with such a requirement, according to the newspaper. Individual cities, however, have enacted such rules.

The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council had urged Brown to veto Assembly Bill 485.

“Assembly Bill 485 reverses California’s tradition of leading the nation in pet and consumer protections,” PIJAC President Mike Bober said in a press release Friday. “It also strips consumers of many pet store protections, risks hundreds of jobs, and reduces pet choice.”

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Bober said the amendment left consumers without proper protections, exempting pet stores from warranty laws, consumer information requirements, fines and other important regulations.

The Mercury News quoted Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, saying the law is “a big win for our four-legged friends, of course.”

“But also for California taxpayers who spend more than $250 million annually to house and euthanize animals in our shelters,” said O’Donnell, author of the bill. “I am very grateful for the strong support we received from animal-lovers across the state and from Social Compassion in Legislation, the bill’s sponsor.”

The provisions of the law go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, The Mercury News reports.

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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