Support Pet Adoption, Not Puppy Mills

Target: San Diego City Council

Goal: Support the efforts put forth by San Diego politicians to halt pet abuse in puppy mills and similar commercial pet facilities

On July 9, 2013, the San Diego City Council unanimously voted to ban the sale of cats, rabbits and dogs in pet stores and commercial institutions. It will go into effect in 30 days and makes San Diego the second largest city to Los Angeles and the 32nd nationally to impose this type of ban. Such an effort to promote pet adoption and to keep pets bred in puppy mills out of commercial establishments are commendable and should serve as an example for other cities to follow in order to preserve the safety of vulnerable animals.

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf drafted the amendment with the intent of ensuring that all animals would be treated in a humane fashion. If this ban goes into effect, retailers must obtain their cats, dogs and rabbits from nonprofit rescue groups, humane societies, and county animal shelters. Additionally, they must also retain certificates of proof of where they obtained the pets they sell for law enforcement and animal control officers to oversee.

Pet owners staunchly opposed the ban and articulated the argument in their testimony that the ban would not stop responsible and renowned backyard breeders from providing dogs and other animals unavailable in rescue shelters and humane societies. Many pet shop owners vow to go to court if the ordinance goes into action, as many of these businesses rely on having repeat customers purchase quality animals. They argue that it penalizes well-run pet shops, but many people disagree. Animal activists advocated for its passage. The purpose of the ban is merely to stop the unregulated flow of animals from puppy mills outside of California. In nearly every pet store investigation following complaints, puppy mills and similar commercial pet facilities supply the pets being sold. Puppy mills are a major cause of pet overpopulation and inflict much suffering on dogs by forcing them to live in filthy wire cages. Such treatment must be stopped, and the 4,000 puppy mills operating in the United States should be shut down.

The treatment and condition of pets bred in puppy mills remains a passionate issue for animal activists and should be a concern for all pet lovers. Sign this petition to show your support for this ban in order to condone the passage of such legislation by other city councils not only in California but throughout the nation.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear San Diego City Council,

We thank you for passing a city ordinance to ban the selling of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores and commercial establishments in order to halt the influx of abused pets bred in inhumane puppy mills. This will undoubtedly help preserve the safety of vulnerable animals and contribute not only to the closing of puppy mills nationally but also to influencing other cities to adopt similar measures.

This ban will encourage pet adoption rather than the purchase of animals shipped in from inhumane commercial facilities. Hopefully, other city councils will advocate for animal rights as you have recently done. We appreciate both the local impact of your ordinance as well as the influence it will have statewide and nationally.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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