Stop Cruel Pet Stores from Moving to Massachusetts!

ASPCA staff holding two small dogs
MA S. 550—Ends the Retail Sale of Dogs, Cats and Rabbits
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsor: Senator Patrick O’Connor

Your help is needed to fight animal cruelty by shutting down the puppy mill pipeline into Massachusetts. 

This state bill would prevent commercial breeders from trucking their cruelly bred puppies into our communities, ending the Commonwealth’s participation in the horrific puppy mill pipeline. New York, Maryland, and California have succeeded in passing similar laws. Massachusetts should be next!

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Out-of-state commercial breeding facilities for puppies, kittens and rabbits supply pet stores in Massachusetts via a pipeline of middlemen. These commercial breeders treat animals like products—their only goal is to produce the highest number of animals at the lowest possible cost, and animals are often sick, injured or malnourished and are confined in crowded, filthy cages.

This harmful system is driven by profit and made possible because Massachusetts law still allows the sale of cruelly bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. Even though Boston, Plymouth, Cambridge, and other localities have passed laws ending this practice, cruelly bred animals are still sold in many other parts of the Bay State.

What You Can Do

A quick phone call can help end your state’s participation in the cruel puppy mill pipeline.

Use our Legislator Lookup Tool to find the names and phone numbers of the lawmakers who represent you in the Massachusetts Legislature. Whether you reach a live person or an answering machine, simply say:

"I am a constituent calling to ask my lawmaker to help pass S. 550 before the 2024 legislative session ends. Additionally, please ask the Chairs of the Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources to release the bill. I don't want cruel pet stores to relocate to Massachusetts' communities. Thank you."