Cat Sales Banned?
San Francisco’s Commission of Animal Control & Welfare is thinking once again about banning the sale of cats and other pets at city pet stores in order to increase adoption from cat shelter and cat rescue groups. The controversial issue has been postponed for several months.
The ordinance would prohibit the retail of cats, dogs, birds, small animals (for example hamsters etc.), reptiles, aquarium fish and many others. In San Francisco people could get a cat through a cat store adoptions events, adoption centres and direct sale from small cat breeders. It would be also possible to adopt a pet from a cat shelters such as Animal Care and Control, the SF/SPCA and cat rescue organizations. Other methods would be banned in order to increase cat shelter adoptions and decrease euthanasia rates.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) testified against the ban, arguing that limiting the availability of pets to the public will not solve the shelter issue and is calling on the public to continue to speak out against the proposal.
If the commission votes in favour of the ban, the proposal would then go to the board of supervisors for approval. To view the agenda and the proposal, click here.