Bans on pet stores selling animals from commercial breeders and puppy mills are sweeping the country. Over 70 communities in the U.S. and Canada are on board, but now an entire state may join the act. Maine Rep. Kimberly Monaghan,( D-Cape Elizabeth) says her bill – “An Act To Prohibit the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores” – would ban the pet store sales of dogs and cats.
Maine has only four pet stores that sell cats and dogs, but pet store owners and dog breeders are concerned about the impact the bill would have on the stores, as well as on in-home dog breeders. Those in-home dog breeders are, in fact, ‘the good guys,’ and should not be impacted by such laws.
While wording of the bill is apparently still be worked on, Maine would be the first state to abolish dog and cat sales in stores.
Among the cities that have done so are San Diego, Laguna Beach and Los Angeles, CA; Miami Beach and North Miami Beach, FL; Phoenix, AZ; Albuquerque, NM, and Toronto, Canada. In 2014, Chicago (and also separately Cook County) passed an ordinance to prevent pet stores from selling dogs, cats or rabbits, but that legislation may now be challenged in court.
In another new development, veterinary professionals have decided to stand up against the mills. The loosely knit group, Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills, includes support from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America. The group supports bans on pet store sales of dogs and cats (and rabbits in some places), and is also in favor of client education before a pet is purchased, as well as broader community education (even about pet care in general). Like the group’s Facebook Fan.