San Francisco Passes Law Banning Pet Store Sales

San Francisco has passed a law to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at pet shops in their efforts to eradicate inhumane puppy breeding operations. The city also banned the sale of animals under eight weeks old.

“Most animal lovers are horrified at the thought of keeping their beloved family pet in a dirty wire cage for a second — let alone a week, month or even years. Yet, that is the fate of many animals at large-scale commercial breeding operations across the nation, including the mothers of many puppies and kittens sold in pet shops,” the San Francisco Board of Supervisors wrote.  “In response, more than 200 cities and counties across the nation have banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.”

District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, sponsored the legislation, called on the US Agriculture Department to reinstate information on its website documenting animal cruelty cases. The City of San Francisco currently has no known pet shops selling dogs and cats. Katy Tang said the measure would prevent future shops opening.

“While there are no known pet stores currently selling dogs and cats in San Francisco, we should all be concerned that one could open at any time, and without this legislation, our Department of Animal Care and Control has no way to stop them,” stated Tang.

San Francisco joins other cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Austin enforcing a similar legislation.

This legislation is a step in the right direction and will save and improve the lives of so many dogs and cats across the country.


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