Vancouver, BC Canada may be the next town to ban the sale of animals in pet stores over concerns that a Burnaby pet store that sells puppies and kittens may open a location in the city. About 200 cities or so in the U.S., and others in Canada, including Toronto, have banned sales of dogs, cats (and in some cities rabbits) at pet stores.
This online petition, which garnered over 2,000 signatures in a few days alleges that pet stores that sell dogs get them from puppy mills. The pet-store owner rejected the claim.
One by one other communities across America and Canada considering the same as Vancouver, and recently San Francisco, CA. It seems there is so stopping this organic movement which has incredible momentum supported by caring pet owners. However, the pet industry is working very hard to try to stop the laws restricting pet store sales.
After failing by falling hard and fast in courts to roll back the restrictions on pet store sales, the pet industry has succeeded legislatively in Ohio and Arizona by quickly passing laws to prevent pet store sales bans. In Illinois a coalition, oddly calling itself, Illinois Pet Lover’s Association (IPLA) is supporting a bill which prevents pet store sales bans.
This Illinois coalition has created wording in HB2824 which calls itself a Pet ID bill about microchipping, but truly is about demolishing efforts by communities that have banned pet store sales in the state (rolling back those previous laws and preventing home rule), as well as preventing future laws banning sales of dogs and cats at Illinois pet stores from being passed.
It’s important for pet owners to know who is supporting IPLA, and they include the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council, American Kennel Club, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association , and the Illinois Federation of Dog Clubs & Owners, and I have reason to believe other players who benefit from pet stores that sell dogs and cats.
The BC SPCA has lobbied for similar bans in cities before and were successful in Richmond, according to Amy Morris, a BC SPCA policy outreach officer.
The petition was created in reaction to rumors that the owner of Pet Habitat, a store in Metrotown that sells puppies, kittens, and other animals, was planning to open a new location in Vancouver.
Actually, no pet store in Vancouver has sold puppies in many years. Reportedly the pet store owner who is thinking about opening in Vancouver suggest that dogs they sell are from known breeders with excellent facilities.
However, there are numerous problems with that argument. First, no responsible breeder EVER sells animals through a third party, as responsible breeders will only sell directly to buyers they meet or at least speak with, and typically have stipulations of their own which can not be communicated through a third party; pet stores aren’t so much interested in making a match of the right home as making a sale. Second, when purchasing a pure bred or so-called designer breed, its best for buyers to see the breeding facility in person. Even if the pet is adopted via rescue, it’s best to see the facility to help insure the rescue is a real rescue and not a puppy mill. All experts agree on that.