Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is the latest community to ban the sales of dog, cats, and rabbits at pet stores.
Talk about a black eye on the U.S. City council member Heather Deal said when pets are sold in retail stores it can be difficult to assess the breeding conditions, especially if they come from Asia or the United States. “We’ve had over 1,200 emails from people telling us to please implement this ban,” she said. “It has been shown that the commercial breeding facilities that supply animals to pet stores can raise them in horrible conditions resulting in neglect, abuse, and suffering.”
This doesn’t affect the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), which doesn’t allow its members to sell to pet stores. In fact, no responsible breeder ever does sell to a pet store (for many reasons, including that they simply want to know who is buying their pet).
No breeder shall sell or donate dogs for the purpose of their being auctioned, raffled, or to pet stores.
Sadly, this is not the case for their American counterpart, the American Kennel Club (AKC). AKC dogs are sold at auction (watch the video for yourself), and sometimes raffled. And, dogs sold at pet stores may absolutely come with AKC papers.
However, the AKC has a different position than the CKC. The AKC is opposing such bans, and spending money (big money) to do so, and so is the pet store industry. Bans like Vancouver’s are now in more than 200 communities across the U.S.and Canada. California is hoping to go state-wide with a ban and will be the first state to do so. While many cities in the state already have such a ban in place, including Glendale, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Diego, and San Francisco. In all, more than 30 California communities limit pet store sales now. Still, the AKC is desperately attempting to fight the measure working in tandem with the pet store industry.
The AKC, however, suggests the bill is anti-breeder. In fact, the bill does allow California residents to purchase animals directly from breeders, so purchasers have an opportunity to see the living conditions of the animals, and, when purchasing puppies or kittens, to hopefully meet the parents. Legitimate purebred dog breeders are not impacted, despite what the AKC says.