San Francisco Passes Law Saying Only Rescue Animals Can Be Sold In Pet Stores

San Francisco recently passed a law to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats at pet shops in efforts to eradicate inhumane puppy breeding operations. This is good news for dogs and cats as well as animal lovers! The city also banned the sale of animals under eight weeks old.

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“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 said. “In response, more than 200 cities and counties across the nation have banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.”

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District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, sponsored the legislation and called on the US Agriculture Department to reinstate information on its website documenting animal cruelty cases, which had been removed earlier in the month. At this time, the City of San Francisco has no known pet shops selling dogs and cats. Katy Tang stated the measure will allow the city’s Animal Care and Control Department to 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 is not the only US city to implement this measure. Other cities include Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Austin who will enforce a similar legislation.

This legislation will save and improve the lives of so many dogs and cats across the country.


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