San Francisco Just Banned the Sale of any and all Non-Rescue Dogs and Cats

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The fact that there are a lot of pet stores out there still getting the puppies and kittens they are trying to sell from what could easily be called a puppy mill.  There are laws on the books that are supposed to help prevent this kind of thing, but often they don’t go far enough or people easily find ways around them and continue to profit off innocent lives.  Well, in San Francisco new set of laws are aiming to change all of that.

San Francisco is more or less known as a very dog-friendly city.  Taking that one step further, they have joined other cities such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin in trying to help put an end to puppy mill breeding.  These cities all have taken on a ban of sale for any non-rescue dog or cat, and any animal under eight weeks old.

The newspaper The Independent said the new law is “part of a concerted effort to eradicate inhumane puppy breeding operations in the city.  The amendment will help to facilitate the adoption of thousands of animals already occupying the city’s shelters.”

Anyone worried that this will limit the number of available animals in a given city should just go take a look at one of their local shelters of SPCAs.  The laws still allow for some kinds of breeding, but puts much heavier restrictions on the practice.  The bill won’t eliminate breeding altogether, but hopefully it will force people breeding into much better situations for the dogs if that’s really something you still want.

3 thoughts on “San Francisco Just Banned the Sale of any and all Non-Rescue Dogs and Cats”

  1. Well done SF for putting first the needs of those animals languishing/facing a death sentence in rescues in addition to deterring irresponsible breeding. So wish this was a decision for Alberta… Karen Dickson

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  2. They could have just offered free spay/neuter service. Or just banned any pet in the city limits. Just what a tolerant accepting city would do. Instead of passing laws against puppy mills . They ban animals from doing what is natural and only the Elite will be allowed to have a permit for buying the horror pure breed pets.

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  3. All over the world….pet shops selling animals, birds,fish,etc……should be stopped once and for all…….to give a chance to millions or more animal’s in shelters………..those beautiful animal’s….are not spoilt or other wise…..they just want ….what’s free in life LOVE…..and they will give you unconditional love for ever…..

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