Ban on sale of cats and dogs

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  1. I tried to look around to see if this had been posted either here or in the News forum, but didn't find anything so I thought I would share.

    WeHo Cat & Dog Sale Ban Seeks to 'Eliminate the Demand' of Puppy Mill Dogs

    The move to ban the sale of cats and dogs in West Hollywood is a first, but that's nothing unusual. The recent spate of cat declawing bans in various cities around California--Los Angeles included--was something that began there and it seems to have invigorated some new energy. "West Hollywood can take the lead on this issue and help set the standard for Southern California city governments," reads the background analysis to the ban's proposal.

    The proposed ordinance (.pdf) goes before the West Hollywood City Council on Monday evening. "This ordinance prohibits the sale of ALL dogs and cats at companion animal stores; providing exemptions for humanely bred, reared or sheltered animals," continues the analysis. "For existing Pet Stores it provides a grandfathering or amortization period for non-conformance to allow them to recover their investment made in that portion of their business that involves the sale of dogs andlor cats."

    At issue are "puppy mills" or "kitten factories," which the city analysis says are problematic: "Documented problems of puppy mills include over breeding, inbreeding, veterinary care that doesn't meet the same standards as other breeders, relatively poor quality of food and shelter, lack of human socialization, and overcrowded cages. Dogs bred in puppy mills are more likely to have behavior and/or health problems. While kitten factories are not as common as puppy mills, similar problems are reported regarding kitten factories. The only way to protect the welfare and safety of companion animals and to free them from the misery of horrid mass bred producers is to eliminate the demand."

    If passed--Tuesday will be the first of two readings required--existing pet stores will have until September 17th to comply. Pet stores that breed animals on the premises will be allowed to continue selling the pets. Also exempt are animal shelters and rescues, and if they operate in connection with a pet store.

  2. I've always thought stores shouldn't sell animals, mainly because they promote impulse buying and irresponsible breeding for profit. Honestly, I get depressed just walking past pet shops.
  3. Fantastic news!
  4. Agreed.
  5. I can't go into a pet shop selling pets either. I always wonder where the pets came from..... Anytime I read about animal rights improving, I let out a sigh of relief..... Hopefully West Hollywood will lead the way for the rest of the world.
  6. What a wonderful step in the right direction.
  7. I love the idea as well. There is actually a pet shop in West Hollywood that sells only rescues/shelter animals (I think Beljwl posted about it a while back), and I wonder if this ban will apply to them as well. I thought they really had a great idea: keep all of the elements that attract people to pet shops like the convenient location and the atmosphere, but at the same time not support excessive breeding and animal mills. I would hate to see them shut down.
  8. I'm guessing the ban won't affect them, since according to the article:

    Though I imagine they will be carefully monitored to make sure their practices aren't at all shady and the animals are actually better off there than at an actual shelter.
  9. Wow!!!

    Sadly the pet store that was selling rescues went out of business.