Target: Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto
Goal: Show support for Toronto’s decision to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores
Toronto has just become the second Canadian city (the first being Richmond, British Columbia) to ban the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores. A bylaw had been proposed last May calling for the ban, claiming that the animals sold in pet stores often came from puppy mills and similarly unfavorable places. When pet stores buy animals from mills, they are allowing such inhumane places to stay in business.
The council of Toronto then voted that pet stores could only sell animals that came from reputable breeders or shelters. Finally, the city took the next step, and now absolutely no dogs or cats will be sold. Instead, pet stores will now take in homeless animals from shelters or rescue societies and offer them up for adoption.
This deals a harsh blow to puppy mills, who sell most of their animals to pet stores. If other cities follow suit, puppy mills may soon be on the decline. Also, millions of animals are euthanized every year because they cannot find a home, and many believe that it is more beneficial to adopt an animal from a shelter than to buy from a breeder. Toronto has taken a groundbreaking step in the world of domestic animal rights, and this decision will influence other cities to do the same. Commend Toronto for helping end animal homelessness and cruelty.
Dear Mayor Ford,
Toronto recently banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores after the introduction of the bylaw last May. This decision is being applauded by animal activists, pet owners, and human societies alike. By preventing pet stores from buying animals from puppy mills, Toronto is dealing a blow against such inhumane businesses. A major source of income for mill owners has been eradicated, and their business will now become less profitable.
Also, by allowing pet stores to house homeless animals and put them up for adoption, Toronto is helping end the problem of animal homelessness. Many people argue that it is more humane to adopt an animal that needs a home, rather than waiting to buy a puppy from a breeder. Toronto is making it easier for people to adopt, and is making the practice more accessible for everyone.
This decision is a forward-thinking one, and it will certainly influence the practices of other cities and countries. The more this practice spreads, the more helpful it will be for animals. Toronto has made a huge contribution to animal welfare, and that is something to be proud of.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Keeping Pets Alive