We have declared a victory for animals in California—and we couldn’t be happier! Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will not only prohibit the roadside sale of animals, but increase the penalties for animal neglect.
“SB 917 is the first animal protection bill to cross Governor Brown’s desk,” says Jill Buckley, Senior Director of Government Relations for the ASPCA. “We applaud him for helping safeguard animals sold in public parking lots and roadside venues—puppies, kittens and other pets will no longer be left to suffer in unsanitary and overcrowded cages without proper food and water.”
- The new law goes into effect this January, and will make it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, carnival or boardwalk.
- In addition, SB 917 also increases fines and the maximum allowable jail sentence for those convicted of misdemeanor animal neglect.
The ASPCA congratulates and thanks our California supporters for all your efforts on behalf of this bill!