New Jersey: Support Bill to Ban Predatory Pet-Leasing Schemes!
Puppies sold in pet stores and online—most of whom are sourced from cruel puppy mills—are often very expensive. To make them seem more affordable, more and more pet sellers are teaming up with private lenders to offer love-struck shoppers the option to “lease” a new puppy.
These agreements allow the consumer to make monthly payments over a fixed period while the lender pads the purchase price with hidden fees, high buyout payments and high interest rates. Consumers can lose their leased pets if they miss payments or are unable to buy out their contracts at the end of their leases. The animals could be repossessed as if they were used cars.
Fetching sometimes thousands of dollars per puppy, these leasing schemes represent a big payday to greedy pet sellers who traffic in this cruelty, all at the expense of consumers and the animals involved.
The New Jersey State Legislature is considering A.4552/S.3531, a bill to prohibit pet stores from offering these predatory leasing or lending agreements to consumers.
What You Can Do
This bill unanimously passed the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee, but it has not been set for a full Assembly vote. Use the form below to quickly email your assemblymembers and the Assembly Speaker, Craig Coughlin, and urge them to put A.4552/S.3531 on the Assembly’s March 25 agenda for a full floor vote.
Thank you, New Jersey!