Just Say No To Pet Stores

 

In august of this year, the City Council of Beverly Hills, CA passed an ordinance that states that pet stores can no longer sell animals that have been commercially bred.  This means that the owners of pet stores can only  offer pets that have come from rescue groups and shelters. More than 80 other jurisdictions across the United States and Canada have followed suit and have penned their own laws. This effort is ai3-Peaceful Slumbermed at stopping “puppy mills” where it is estimated that as many as 2,000,000 puppies and kittens are born each year into horrific conditions for the sole purpose of commercial sale in pet stores, flea markets and on the internet.

 

                                                     Why You Should Say No

 

The ordinance will not have any effect on breeders supplying animals for internet and direct sales, but it does bring awareness to the plight of dogs and cats produced in puppy mills.  The goal of the Beverly Hills city Council is to curb sales and  to get people to think about where these pets come from. Critics of pet stores believe that since they generally sell only puppies and kittens, they are needlessly adding to the pet population while countless animals are in shelters waiting to be adopted. The Humane Society of the United States applauds the legislation as it is a step towards ensuring a humane start to life for pets and it hopes to see an end to the euthanasia of 1,000’s of animals annually.

 

What The Future Holds

 

There are reputable breeders though that treat animals well and some feel that the new laws do not distinguish the good from the bad. For the pet store owners who support the stopping of puppy mills and who only sell pets supplied by upstanding breeders, this has  had a significant impact on their business.  We are now seeing  challenges to recent legislation, the first of which came from Phoenix.  A pet store owner sued the city on the grounds that the new ordinance was not constitutional and that it was discriminating against all out-of-state-breeders.  The judge in this case up held the ordinance and it is felt that many more battles are yet to be fought in the matter of animal welfare and the pet store industry. It is important to note that The Humane Society has developed a conversion program for pet stores that ensures the availability of animals for pet stores that want them and that more than 4,500 animals have been adopted as a result.

 

 

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8 comments on “Safe For Your Pet – Making Sure You Adopt a Pet That is Safe

  • Hey,

    Your article is very informative and I am astounded at those facts, that is a terrible law that was passed in Beverly Hills.

    I would have thought that pet stores could sell any animals, that way each and every animal would get its chance to live a happy, healthy life with people that love it rather than being in a home or a place where it is abused or neglected.

    One comment on your content, maybe you could break it up a little bit, it is a big overwhelming and hard to read in big blocks like that.

    Aiden
    Freedom Weight Loss

    • Hi Aiden,

      Thank you for the observation about the structure of my page – I have corrected it and it does look much better. Good catch!

      Take Care,

      Erin

  • I love your website. I am a huge animal lover. Today whenever I adopt a new pet it was also from an animal shelter or a rescue organization. I disapprove of anyone buying animals from pet stores that are not rescue animals. I have seen some of the horrible conditions puppies and kittens who are bred commercially live in and it is horrible.

    I once did get a Savannah cat from a breeder and that poor cat would not bond with humans because she was not handled enough when she was little and actually feared people. I made that mistake once but never again.

    I have not heard of the word “puppy mills” before but that is pretty much what are. With so many puppies and kittens and especially older animals sitting in shelters waiting for their forever home, this law makes a lot of sense.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for your visit and your comments. I feel that this legislation is so important in that it really hits home the problem of overpopulation in animals. While the supply of cats and dogs that are homeless is so significant, it only makes sense that we say no to breeders and pet store owners that have no interest in the animals themselves, but only in their profit margin.

      Take Care,

      Erin

  • I can see both sides of the situation here. There are so many animals in shelters that won’t get a chance at life let alone a finding a forever family. I hate the thought of animals losing their lives at shelters because no one adopted them. I also tend to disagree with regulation that interferes with free commerce. But in this case, I think new supply chains can be established between SPCAs and the pet stores to ensure pet stores get a steady suppy of animals that need homes. Our local SPCAs are so full that they can’t take abandoned animals and it breaks my heart.
    A very thought provoking article!
    Alyssa

    • Hi Alyssa,

      Thank you for your thought provoking comments! Whenever I visit a pet store, I cannot help but compare the puppies and kitties that I see to babies…sorry to invoke such a disturbing image, but I think if we viewed acquiring a new pet to adopting a baby, we could do away with the “selling” of pets. I agree with your idea of supply chains starting with shelters and ending with pet stores, as long as the price of a pet is regulated in such a way that a percentage of that purchase goes back to helping the shelters. Taking this idea one step farther begins with the importance of spaying and neutering ALL pets.

      Take Care,

      Erin

  • Reading this breaks my heart. Animal shelters are so different from the north and south part of the United states. When I tried adopting a cat in New Jersey they did a full background check and declined us. They tried to take my mothers cat away because we were late on one shot. And now that I’m back in the south there hardly any shelters. We’re I specifically live we don’t even have a humane society. We had one for dogs but they had no funding. So now all animals found are automatically put down. The situation is utterly heartbreaking. There isn’t any need for breeders or mills there are millions of homless animals that are in dire need of attention and love. We are in a pet drop off hotspot so I’m constantly having some dogs but mostly cats popping up and disappearing weekly.

    • Hi Michelle,

      You are correct that it is a heartbreaking situation for many homeless pets. It seems that the plight of many pets can logically be based on current economy, unemployment and natural disasters. While it is extremely important to find the best homes possible for pets, when procedures are too strict, that defeats the purpose of helping animals find new homes and new people.

      Thank you so much for your great insight.

      Take Care,

      Erin

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