Los Angeles Bans Commercial Sale of Bred Dogs, Cats & Rabbits!
Just a few weeks ago, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to ban the commercial sale of all bred dogs, cats, and rabbits, making it the largest city to implement the ban so far.
Los Angeles did have a temporary ban in place since 2013, which was set to expire by June 30 of this year, with the council voting to remove the end date and make the law permanent. The ban was reportedly initially put in place as a response to animal rights concerns as many organizations state that breeding animals is inhumane, and because the ban was successful in terms of encouraging pet stores to host adoption events for rescued animals.
While individuals can still buy bred animals under the new law, retail shops cannot sell them and can only adopt out animals that come from shelters and rescue organizations. The ban is also aimed at targeting puppy mills and unregistered breeders, and will hopefully reduce the number of animals that are euthanized every year in shelters in the long-run.
To see the full list of jurisdictions that have implemented commercial bans on bred animals, visit this link.
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