San Francisco just banned the sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. Around 200 U.S. cities, and several in Canada, have done the same.
Puppy mills are thriving in America. They sell to pet stores, and also online.
This move is an effort to bring an end to puppy mills, where dogs continue to be used as breeding machines.
Meanwhile, pet stores in San Francisco are being encouraged to adopt animals from legitimate shelters and rescues. And to be clear, the new law applies only to retail stores and does not make it illegal to breed dogs and cats. People can still purchase an animal directly from a breeder, where “the consumer can see the conditions in which the dogs or cats are bred or can confer with the breeder concerning those conditions.”
Meanwhile in Illinois, there’s a bill being supported by a coalition that interestingly calls itself the Illinois Pet Lover’s Association (IPLA) that wants to prevent communities from banning sales of dogs and cats at pet stores. This coalition includes the American Kennel Club (AKC), Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA), Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC), the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs & Owners (IFDCO), and, I have reason to believe, other players who benefit from pet stores that sell dogs and cats.
The Illinois proposal, and, I hear what may similarly occur in Tennessee, is abhorrent.
Worse are the presumed pet loving organizations behind these pieces of legislation, such as Illinois and Tennessee. In the end, Americans are tired of puppy mills, and right will no doubt prevail.