Everyday pet stores across the country are packed with cute kittens and puppies looking for their forever home, someone to chase around, play with you and maybe even destroy a few things in the process. Unfortunately a lot of these darling animals are only kept for a short period of time and then sent back to the local pound. Maybe it’s an “allergy” (ok to be fair this can be true) or they don’t get along with the kids; there’s always some reason why the poor animal has to be returned.
There are also those who profit directly from this practice—many of which are puppy mills which focus on breeding as many animals as possible for a quick sale—and it’s purely inhumane, knowing that the animals you are breeding are being sold with the above average chance of being returned and spending the rest of their lives without a home and companion.
Well, someone is finally standing up for these animals. San Francisco has followed suit after New Jersey and Arizona both banned the sale of non-rescue cats and dogs at local pet stores. The new law requires animals to be at least 8 weeks old at the time of sale, and only allows for the sale of animals from rescue facilities at pet stores. This will help crack down on puppy mills and help find the millions of animals loving homes.
Representatives from the Humane Society of the U.S wrote in the San Francisco Examiner:
“This ordinance will serve as a deterrent, preventing a business from moving to San Francisco and selling animals from irresponsible mass-producing breeders that churn out puppies and kittens as if they were on an assembly line.”
“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide.”
Let’s all take notice here and remember that these are living breathing animals that feel things much like we do as human beings. They deserve a fighting chance of having a happy, healthy life with someone that loves and cherishes their companionship.
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