Success: Pet Stores Banned From Selling Commercially Bred Animals

Target: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles

Goal: Applaud a permanent ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats, and rabbits.

Los Angeles recently enacted a permanent ban on the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits at pet stores. The city enacted a temporary ban on this practice back in 2013, which was set to end before the city recently decided to make the ban permanent. This law has been enacted thanks to pressure from animal rights advocates, and petitions like these published on ForceChange.

Pet stores that sell puppies and kittens usually get their animals from mass breeding operations, commonly called puppy mills, which keep animals locked in small cages and don’t even allow them out to go to the bathroom. Mothers are forced to carry pups non-stop until they become too weak to give birth, at which time they’re put down. Disease is rampant in puppy mills because they are so unsanitary, and they don’t provide adequate veterinary care.

Pet stores sell puppies from these inhumane establishments while thousands of older stray animals need homes. Shelters are overcrowded and often euthanize healthy animals because they need more space. Banning pet stores from selling commercially bred animals will ensure that more older strays are adopted, and will hopefully shut down cruel puppy mills.

Sign the petition below to thank the mayor of Los Angeles for standing up for animal rights and welfare.


Dear Mayor Garcetti,

I want to applaud the permanent ban on pet stores selling commercially bred animals in the city of Los Angeles. This permanent ban will have an overwhelmingly positive impact on animal welfare in your city.

Puppies, kittens and bunnies sold in pet stores usually come from massive breeding operations that treat animals inhumanely. They are kept in too-small cages, forced to breed for their entire lives, and they often get sick because the conditions they live in are so unsanitary. On top of this, every animal that a pet store sells is one less animal that will be adopted from a shelter.

I am thankful that the city of Los Angeles has taken action to end cruel commercial breeding and encourage animal adoption. This is a common sense measure that will help animals in need find loving homes. I hope the city continues to make positive changes like this in the future.


[Your Name Here]

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