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Ordinance Would Make It Illegal to Sell Pets in San Francisco

Should Selling Pets Be Illegal: Yay or No Way?

Yes, you read that right. Under consideration tonight by San Francisco's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare is an ordinance that would make it illegal to sell pets within city limits! This stems from a growing number of animals of all kinds abandoned or in shelters facing euthanization. While I most definitely agree with cutting down on puppy mill dogs, for example, this law would ban the sale of any "companion animal" — including dogs, cats, hamsters, mice, rats, chinchillas, guinea pigs, birds, snakes, and lizards — other than rabbits or ferrets (which are already illegal) and fish.
Believed to be the country's first such ban, on the one hand I think of the poor conditions of some animals in pet stores, and on the other I'm imagining a "black market" for small mammals.

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StMagnus StMagnus 6 years
Of course, being San Francisco, think of all the gerbils that will be saved!
StMagnus StMagnus 6 years
This is a violation of constitutional rights. The City officials considering this deserve no less than to have the pants sued off of them by the citizens of San Francisco. I saw the bee-keeping author of this draconian legislation on "The Today Show" and he said it was a case of "Animal Welfare?" No, it's a case of furthering the radical "Animal Rights" agenda that has already crippled the egg and pork industry in CA. He doesn't know the difference betweeen Animal Welfare and Animal Rights. Hopefully there are enough people left in CA (The Land of Fruits and Nuts) to set him straight. Citizens of San Francisco rise up and fight this sick brand of eco-terrorism that is the Aniaml Rights Movement.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
basically there needs to be an overhaul of the pet trade industry and breeders because there not enough care or regulation and alot of animals suffer.
noxcatt noxcatt 7 years
Im not saying breeders cant they just need be regulated correctly or have permits or something that need to be evaluated to be renewed...something to that effect to keep tabs on it, better than it is already because alot of people get away with terrible things. but i feel that retail stores have no business selling cats and dogs at all. I feel that pets should be sold through breeders that you can see the environment and conditions etc. I know how Petco runs, I wish retailers did not sell animals at all. Especially when you get people that dont need to have pets that they just want to be "cool" and show off. There are alot of people i see that have barely any knowledge of how to take care of the reptiles they thought were tiny and cute and are now 4-5 feet (as an example)
Arthur Arthur 7 years
San Francisco is such a joke. We have such huge problems and opportunities and this is the kind of inanity that our city council spends time debating? Pathetic. Even if this were to succeed, it would do nothing to stem the problem (accepting for the moment that it is actually a problem) other than making a (useless) statement. The city is only 7 miles by 7miles. One could easily walk over the city line to get a pet.
weffie weffie 7 years
I think there is something inherently irresponsible about even "responsible" breeders, as anyone involved with pet animals is well aware of the over-population crisis. These breeders knowingly contribute to the problem even if they do treat their animals nicely. That being said, they don't contribute to the problem anywhere near as much as pet stores do, so even a ban on retail sales could significantly increase adoption rates in that city. But since so many puppy mills sell to out of state pet stores, the ban would have to be nation-wide to really have a hope of tackling the problem. I wish it was worldwide. Pets are family members who deserve so much better than being bought and sold like objects. Just imagine if children waiting in foster homes and orphanages had to compete for adoptive families with purebred kids you could buy at the mall!
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
This is completely unfair to responsible breeders and totally will create a hideous underground market. My bright idea is to only allow petstores to sell rescue animals :-) But really, no good breeder sells to pet stores, and most will take back the animal if for some reason you cannot keep it. I definitely understand what they're trying to accomplish, I just don't think it's a good idea.
PiNkY-PiNk PiNkY-PiNk 7 years
I think this is a bad idea. I agree with you that it will most likely turn into a black market sorta thing.
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