Cities in California seek to ban pet sales altogether
Aug 19, 2011
San Francisco was criticized in June for its bill, "The Humane Pet Proposal," which seeks to ban the sale of live animals as pets. Other California cities such as Glendale, Hermosa Beach and West Hollywood have also banned cat and dog sales at pet stores in an effort to curb puppy mills, the Glendale News-Press reports.
"The only way to get rid of puppy mills is to cut off demand," Tina Clark, a Glendale resident, told the news source.
The San Francisco Commission of Animal Control and Welfare sent the bill to the city's Board of Supervisors and say that they have animal welfare in mind, according to NBC Bay Area.
Glendale is set to vote on its ordinance next week, and animal advocates want it to extend to backyard breeders, too. Most cities that ban dog and cat retail sales make exceptions for these breeders, but some say that they may raise animals in conditions similar to puppy mills, and there is no way to tell.
However, opponents of San Francsico's bill say that it is only harming animals by eliminating heavily regulated, responsible pet stores and creating instead a demand for pets that illegitimate pet dealers will fill.