Without these details, consumers may unwittingly support puppy mills, say Springsteen and animal welfare groups like the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). At many puppy mills, dogs live in squalid conditions, and female dogs are "bred continuously to exhaustion," Springsteen wrote.
Debora Bresch, an attorney and lobbyist for the ASPCA, told The Dodo that roughly 70 stores in New Jersey sell dogs. With an estimated 500 dogs sold per store each year, Bresch believes the bill could affect the lives of tens of thousands of dogs. The bill would also prevent breeders who hadn't met federal standards from selling dogs in the state.
The New Jersey bill is similar to anti-puppy-mill legislation that was successfully passed in Connecticut in June. On a municipal level, cities such as Phoenix, Ariz., and Tacoma, Wash., have taken measures to ban the sale of puppy mill dogs.
The future of the bill looks promising. Despite Christie's refusal to outlaw pig gestation crates, the governor previously supported a ban on the sale of horse meat, which was championed by Springsteen, and this current bill has already unanimously passed the Assembly and Senate.