The list grows longer each month, there’s no stopping the momentum of city’s banning dogs and cats sold at pets store. In May alone, Stoneham, MA; Roselle Park, NJ; Harrison (Gloucester County) NJ; Sacramento, CA, Holly Springs, GA and Waleska, GA. Best Friends Animal Society published the entire list of cities and counties restricting pet store sales.
Why the restrictions? If you don’t know, it’s because of where these animals are sourced, which are primarily puppy mills. Remember, no matter what the pet store says to customers, this is the truth:
“No responsible breeder ever sells to a pet stores!”
Over 200 cities in the U.S., and several in Canada have now enacted these bans on sales of dogs and cats at pet stores.
Certainly more cities will continue to enact similar bans. But let’s do better – we need state-wide bans at by law prevent dogs and cats sold at pet stores.
The pet store industry and the American Kennel Club (AKC) are proactively attempting to pass laws to prevent these restrictions on pet store sales, and attempting to rescind bans that have a;readybeen passed. It’s an unfortunate shame that this is what the dog-loving AKC is doing. And thereby they are supporting puppy mills.
So what can you do?
Work with groups like the Puppy Mill Project, Humane Society of the United States or Best Friends to enact a ban on sales of dogs and cats where you live
Tell your your local public officials that this is a topic that matters to you, and also tell your veterinarian. Oddly, one veterinary state veterinary association (in Illinois) is supporting opposition to bills preventing dogs and cats from being sold at pet stores.
Join the Facebook page which represents most in the veterinary community, Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills.