A Better Chance for Shelter Animals

17 Aug 2015 by Kaysey Pietrzykowsky, 1 Comment »

The Beverly Hills City Council has passed a law that pet stores cannot sell commercially bred pets. Starting in September, pet stores must sell cats, dogs, and rabbits that come from a shelter or rescue group.

This law does not have a big effect on Beverly Hills. The last pet store in Beverly Hills that sold bred animals closed down seven years ago. This law also doesn’t prevent people from purchasing these pets from the Internet and directly from the breeder. The reason this law was passed was to raise awareness.

“Puppy mills” are places in the country where as many as 2,000,000 dogs are born in a horrible environment and sold to pet stores, on the Internet, or other similar places. Elizabeth Oreck, a puppy mill specialist with Best Friends Animal Society, thinks passing a law to prevent this from happening in such a famous city will encourage other people to stop purchasing from “puppy mills”. Oreck said “It’s just a way to get people to understand that they are keeping puppy mills alive.”

Already 80 cites in the U.S and Canada have banned sales of commercially bred puppies. These cities include but are not limited to Los Angeles, Austin, and Chicago.

Picture Credit: http://dailyreadlist.com/article/a-major-u-s-city-has-made-it-mandatory-for-pet-st-60

 

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/beverly-hills-passes-law-that-pet-stores-can-only-sell-shelter-animals_55d74a4ee4b04ae49702f514?utm_hp_ref=good-news&kvcommref=mostpopular

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  1. Haley says:

    That was a great article because I love animals you should continue to write about animals and I will continue reading them!

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