The 2021 Washington State Legislative Session will begin on January 11, 2021.
We are excited to announce that HB 1424 – The Humane Pet Sales Bill – has officially been signed into law!
HB 1424 addresses the intersection of consumer protection and animal welfare. It certifies the problems puppy-selling pet stores pose—misleading consumers as to the quality of breeders, overpriced puppies, and financing with exorbitant interest rates— does not worsen with the addition of any new stores in Washington.
HB 1424 does not impact the adoption of animals from humane societies and animal rescue organizations nor does it prevent consumers from working directly with a responsible breeder. It also will not prevent humane societies and animal rescue organizations from partnering with pet stores to showcase animals for adoption.
Thank you to everyone for their hard work on making this bill happen!
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