A ban on the sale of pets in retail stores, while also encouraging their adoption, is being considered today by the state Senate. 

The legislation is meant to address so-called "puppy mills" that animal advocates have sought to stem in recent years. 

At issue is the sale of animals in retail settings, which supporters of the bill say encourage an industry in which pets are brought up in unsafe conditions. The legislation, backed by Sen. Mike Gianaris of Queens, would also create space for the adoption of animals.  

The measure would cover the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits.

“With so many good animals in need of rescue, there is no need for pet stores to sell animals that predominantly come from abusive puppy and kitten mills. Our four-legged companions should be treated with respect, not like commodities,” Gianaris said. “I am thankful my legislation passed the Senate and look forward to further progress in the future."