San Francisco Bans Sale of Non-Rescue Animals at Pet Stores
On Tuesday the city of San Francisco unanimously voted to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats–as well as animals younger than eight weeks old–at pet stores. The decision is an effort to “bring attention to and halt the inhumane and deceptive practices of large-scale breeding operations that supply animals to pet stores and directly to consumers online.”
District 4 Supervisor, Katy Tang, who sponsored the legislation, stated:
“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide.”
The new law will not affect “responsible breeders from doing business” as people can still “purchase animals directly from breeders.” According to The Huffington Post, Tuesday’s vote “was met with applause from local animal welfare organizations,” and the San Francisco Examiner notes that the city now joins Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and Austin.
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