The city of Los Angeles has passed an ordinance that makes it illegal for pet stores to sell commercially bred rabbits as well as cats and dogs. Passing by a vote of 12 to 2, the ordinance, proposed by Councilman Paul Koretz, will go for a second reading tomorrow.
Here are more details, as reported in examiner.com by Sharon Gilbert:
According to Judie Mancuso, president of Social Compassion in Legislation, “Our animal welfare champion Councilman Paul Koretz authored the ordinance. SCIL worked closely with Councilman Koretz, his staff, store owners, many animal rescue and animal welfare organizations, and caring individuals to help craft this well written ordinance.”
Between three and four million animals are destroyed annually in the United States for lack of homes. According to the pro-breeder group, National Animal Interest Alliance, owners acquire 7.3 million dogs each year with 5.8 million of those coming from pet stores and breeders. Only about 1 million dogs are adopted from shelters. Please note that the NAIA statistics do not include cats or rabbits.
Although other information provided on the NAIA website would suggest the organization does not agree, the statistics it provides suggests that the problem of pet overpopulation is substantially the result of breeders and puppy mills combined with irresponsible owners. Almost twice as many dogs are being born than have homes awaiting them with almost 80 percent of them being bred on purpose for profit.
The full article is available online at http://www.examiner.com/article/city-of-los-angeles-bans-sale-of-commercially-bred-animals-pet-stores
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the USA. Other California cities that have already put similar bans in place include West Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, Irvine, Laguna Beach and South Lake Tahoe.
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