This is what I found on INDEPENDENT.CO.UK:

California is set to become the first US state to ban the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet shops unless they are from rescue centres. The law, which takes effect from 1 January, was conceived as a way to crack down on so-called “kitten factories” and “puppy mills”.

Such “high volume” operations that breed animals for profit have been associated with inhumane conditions and long-term health problems for the animals. Known as AB 485, the bill means pet shops will have to provide records of each animal’s origin or face a $500 (£391) penalty.

Californians will still be able to purchase non-rescue animals from private breeders. The Pet Rescue and Adoption Act was originally introduced by assembly member Patrick O’Donnell and signed into law by California governor Jerry Brown in October 2017.

Mr O’Donnell said the law was a “big win for our four-legged friends”, and also for taxpayers, given the $250m (£196m) spent every year to house and euthanise shelter animals in the state.

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