San Francisco has voted a ban of selling non-rescue domestic animals in local pet shops in order to combat “puppy mills” and assist the animals in finding homes.
Thousands of animals are in shelters every year, and need new homes, which this new ban hopes to aid.
New Rule and Regulation
The Board of Supervisors for San Francisco city, under District 4’s Supervisor Katy Tang, has unanimously voted a change in city’s health and safety code Tuesday.
New rules will apply only to allow the sale of cats and dogs from animal rescue organizations or pet store shelters, and ban selling thee animals if they are less than 8 weeks old.
“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide,” Tang stated at the board meeting.
Breeders with a license will not be changed under this new regulation, which hopes to stop “the inhumane and deceptive practices of large-scale breeding operations that supply animals to pet stores and directly to consumers online,” Tang and the Humane Society representatives said in an editorial.
“This ordinance will serve as a deterrent, preventing a business from moving into San Francisco and selling animals from irresponsible mass-producing breeders that churn out puppies and kittens as if they were on an assembly line,” it continued.
Recent Setbacks and Hopes to Combat Them
In a status on Facebook that announced the vote, Tang pointed to the US Department of Agriculture’s new move that deleted records of animal welfare from its website, including cases of cruelty from puppy mills.
“I was shocked to find out that recently the USDA removed information documenting cruelty cases, including information about these puppy and kitten mills, from their website,” Tang posted.
“We implore the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make this information available publicly once again.”
Tuesday’s vote had been applauded by local animal welfare groups.