Thank San Diego City Council for Improving Animal Welfare

Target: San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria

Goal: Applaud ban on the retail sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in the City of San Diego in order to end support of inhumane large-scale breeding operations

San Diego City Councilmembers gave the final approval in a 6-2 vote to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in its city’s pet stores. Retailers may no longer source animals from inhumane commercial breeding operations, known as “puppy mills.” The new law states that the display, sale, or transfer of a dog, cat, or rabbit is “illegal in any pet shop, retail business, or commercial establishment unless the animal was obtained from a city or county animal shelter or animal control agency, a humane society or a nonprofit rescue organization.” Applaud this decision by signing the petition below.

It is widely documented that “puppy mills” place profit over the well-being of their animals. Animals bred in “puppy mills”often have unchecked hereditary defects from irresponsible breeders who do not give any consideration to genetic quality. Sick animals in the breeding pool pass on congenital and hereditary conditions including epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease, musculoskeletal disorders, endocrine disorders, blood disorders, eye problems, deafness, and respiratory disorders.  These defects cause immense physical pain to the animals and shorten their lifespan.

Most of the animals from “puppy mills” are severely neglected. Animals are housed in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions without adequate veterinary care, food, and water. Failure to apply proper husbandry practices leads to the spread of many diseases that the animals arrive to stores and new homes with, including parvovirus, distemper, mange, pneumonia, upper respiratory infections, intestinal parasites, chronic-diarrhea, fleas, ticks, and heartworm. Fearful behavior is typical of “puppy mill” animals who are taken from their mothers and littermates far too young at a critical period of socialization. Female breeding dogs are bred at every opportunity with no recovery time between litters. This continues until the breeding female is physically depleted, then she is killed.

The large-scale breeding of cats, dogs, and rabbits also contributes to the problem of overpopulation and animal homelessness. Millions of animals in shelters are euthanized because they cannot find homes since buying and breeding pets has become a more popular choice than adopting a needy animal. With a new ban on the retail sale of pets, the increased promotion of adoption will help to save many homeless animals. Adopting pets from rescue organizations that value each individual life instead of buying pets from sellers who wants to make a profit will also increase humane attitudes toward animals and improve compassion as they are promoted as companions rather than commodities.

Please sign this petition to thank San Diego City Council for taking measures to improve animal welfare by ending the sale of “puppy mill” pets.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Council President Todd Gloria,

I would like to commend your efforts to improve animal welfare by banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores. Your action will help to end the support of inhumane commercial breeding operations. Pet stores have been supporting the cruel practices of “puppy mills” for far too long and have been evading the truth about the well-being of the animals that they sell to the public. Banning the sale of pets in stores increases public awareness of the fact that many animals from large-scale breeders are bred without consideration of hereditary defects. The ban also brings forward the deplorable conditions of “puppy mills,” where the animals are severely neglected without adequate veterinary care, clean enclosures, socialization, or access to enough food and clean water.

By banning the sale of these animals in pet stores, San Diego is sending the humane message that cruelty toward animals for profit is unacceptable. This ban also improves animal health by preventing the spread of diseases that are rampant in “puppy mill” pets. Your progressive action has the potential to alleviate animal suffering and promote the adoption of homeless pets from shelters and rescue organizations. Please continue to lead San Diego with decisions that will improve the community with an increased sense of compassion for other living beings.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Patrick Tang via Flickr

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