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The New York City Council has voted 49-2 to regulate the selling of dogs and cats in pet stores and to ban the sale of pet rabbits.

The new rules require pet stores to get dogs and cats directly from licensed breeders who have not violated the Animal Welfare Act, to give buyers information about the breeder of their new pet, and to spay/neuter and microchip dogs and cats before selling them.

“You have bad breeders that are breeding cats and dogs in an inhumane, unhealthy, abusive way, and consumers don’t know about it,” said Councilman Corey Johnson, chair of the health committee. “It is disgusting, it is inhumane, it is immoral how people are treating animals only for the reason of profit and money.”

Buying rabbits from a breeder or adopting from shelter will remain legal.

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