Target: Los Angeles City Council
Goal: Ban kitten and puppy mills and require stores to only sell rescued pets
Across the country animal shelters are jam-packed with abandoned and rescued dogs and cats, while many city streets are overrun with homeless animals, which can pose a potential risk to passersby. To combat this epidemic, the city of Los Angeles hopes to pass a new bill that outlaws puppy mills in the city and forces all pet stores to only sell rescued pets.
Every year in the United States approximately four million animals are euthanized in shelters. Los Angeles has one of the highest rates of pet overpopulation in the country and the city’s shelters are forced to euthanize many animals just to make room for more. The law, which hopes to combat this trend, would outlaw all kitten and puppy mills that operate within the Los Angeles city limits. It passed its initial voting phase by an overwhelming 12-2 majority vote; the final vote will come soon. The law still allows individuals to purchase purebred animals from breeders as well as to privately buy or sell pets.
Kitten and puppy mills are almost categorically squalid, horrible places. The animals born there are often undernourished, put in cramped cages, and can expect a low quality of life if left there. Abuse and starvation are not uncommon. However, this law, although it has upset some pet store owners, will be extremely positive for Los Angeles. There will be fewer stray cats and dogs roaming the streets, fewer animals getting put down in shelters, fewer instances of animal abuse, and most importantly, more animals going to homes.
Los Angeles would be the biggest American city to pass this kind of law. Thank the city for looking out for its pets and encourage them to pass the legislation to protect them.
Dear Members of the Los Angeles City Council,
Recently, you voted overwhelmingly in support of a law that would both outlaw puppy and kitten mills in your city and also compel pet shop owners to only sell rescued animals. I would like to sincerely thank you for this step; you are helping to improve the lives of pets and stop the flow of cats and dogs from the mills to the streets.
Every year millions of potential household pets are euthanized, mainly due to a lack of space in animal shelters. This sad fact is mainly due to overpopulation—people simply do not realize that they could adopt a rescued pet (freeing up animal shelter space, and giving more strays a shot at a better life) and instead buy a pet that was born in a squalid animal mill. This exacerbates the problem of animal overpopulation and just leads to more abandoned pets that will soon be euthanized.
Your new law could help put an end to this sad and vicious cycle. Rescued cats and dogs can make just as good a pet as any other kitten or puppy. I truly hope that the bill is successful and that it helps many stray animals find loving homes and avoid euthanasia. Los Angeles would be the largest and most high profile city to enact such legislation, but hopefully it will not be the last.
[Your Name Here]
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