Los Angeles, CA pet stores may be fined $250-$1,000 for selling commercially-bred cats, dogs, and rabbits if the committee-approved ordinance is passed by the full city council. If the law passes, pet stores will only be able to facilitate adoptions from shelters or humane societies.
Could this save lives?
Supporters of the proposal say the law is needed to give adoptable dogs and cats a chance to find homes instead of being euthanized, and to shut down puppy mills by limiting demand. Some council members were cautiously supportive but wondered if a ban would simply encourage illegal breeding, and send buyers online.
Critics of the ban said that pet buyers seeking pure-bred pets would simply start buying them online and from local breeders. Additionally, the exact wording of the proposal hasn’t been readily available, so it is unclear how breed/hobby enthusiasts would be affected.
A Story to Watch
This will be an interesting case to watch as there are many forces at work with this issue. You have animal extremists who believe that no one should own pets as it is intrinsically inhumane. On the other side are people who simply view animals as a means to make a profit. In the middle are those of us who believe that pets and humans enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship. There are those that work hard to ethically develop various breeds. And most people support the idea of adopting animals from shelters as well.
What do you think about this proposal? Have the lawmakers gone too far? Will this actually help get animals adopted? Or will folks just find other ways to shop for pets?
Pet shop photo courtesy of saturnism.
For more information, visit the Los Angeles Times.