Expand Ban on Non-Rescue Animals at Pet Shops

Target: Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg, President of Massachusetts Senate

Goal: Expand the ban of non-rescue animals being sold at pet shops to all of Massachusetts.

Cambridge has just joined other cities in protecting innocent animals by requiring pet shops to sell only rescue animals—a victory for animal welfare that should be followed by the rest of the state. The measure adopted by Cambridge will make it illegal for pet stores to sell animals that have been raised in conditions where they are bred for money, which will combat commercial breeders and puppy mills, where animals are often allegedly mistreated.

Cambridge’s ban is regarded as the most strict and thorough in the country. It includes all types of pets—not just cats, dogs, and rabbits like some other cities—and will still allow many people to breed pets at home as long as they do so responsibly. The move has been hailed as a “landmark ordinance” by the MSPCA, a nonprofit that finds homes for rescued animals, which will be tapped along with other similar organizations for a pet regulation advisory council as the law takes effect.

This step to protect innocent animals from mistreatment and abandonment must be taken further. Sign below to demand that the rest of the state emulate Cambridge’s example and institute a similar ban.


Dear Senator Rosenberg,

The recent adoption in Cambridge of a ban on non-rescue animals sold at pet stores is an important victory for animal welfare, and should be adopted by Massachusetts as a whole. The ban cracks down on commercial breeders, including puppy mills, by making it illegal for stores to sell animals bred for money.

Other cities have adopted similar ordinances, but this one is the most far-reaching and thorough. The well-being of these innocent animals must be protected, and a universal institution of a ban like Cambridge’s is the best way to do so. I urge you to follow Cambridge’s lead and adopt a state-wide ban on non-rescue animals sold in pet shops.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jonathan Kriz

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