News from the US – more cities ban pet shop sales of animals

No pups for sale? Cities ban pet shops

Movement aims to curb puppy mills, spur shelter adoptions

Image: A girl watches two dogs at a shelter
Annalysia Romero, 9, watches two dogs play in an open
room at the Animal Humane New Mexico’s adoption
center in Albuquerque on May 25, 2010. Since 
retail pet sales have been banned in
Albuquerque, animal adoptions at city
shelters have risen 23 percent.
Craig Fritz / for msnbc.com
 
By Rebecca Dube ;May 27, 2010

Buying an adorable puppy or kitten at your local pet store may become a thing of the past, if more American cities join a small but growing movement to ban retail pet sales.

West Hollywood, Calif., became the latest city to put a leash on pet sales in February, when its city council unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting sales of dogs and cats in retail stores. Albuquerque, N.M., and South Lake Tahoe, Calif., have also banned pet sales. Other cities in Florida, New Mexico, Missouri and elsewhere are considering similar bans on the sale of dogs and cats…..

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4 thoughts on “News from the US – more cities ban pet shop sales of animals

  1. Lynn July 31, 2010 / 5:59 pm

    Excellent. I would like to see the banning of pets sold from pet shops worldwide. Puppy mills, back yard breeders, also should be made illegal. Registered breeders who are members of the Kennel Control in their State should also be investigated and a limit to how many puppies they breed in a year should be limited. I breed and show Chihuahuas and have done so for 40 years. I only breed a litter when I want something new for the show ring. On average I would breed one to two litters per year and many years I dont breed any. I am also very careful as to who purchases my puppies. My puppies only go to homes where they will be spoilt rotten. Far too many dogs being bred and far too many ending up in shelters and euthanised. This is a big problem worldwide. I recommend that people purchase from Animal Shelters or RESPONSIBLE registered breeders as there a lot of registered breeders that operate puppy farms. Its not right, its cruel. Dogs are a companion animal and should be treated as such. Not mass produced. If the public were educated about not purchasing from puppy farms then in the end they would go out of business. A lot of responsible breeders now are desexing puppies and adult dogs before they sell. I feel this is the way to go.

  2. Deathrowpets August 4, 2010 / 9:16 pm

    Note this phrase from the article:

    “Since retail pet sales have been banned in Albuquerque, animal adoptions at city shelters have risen 23 percent.”

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