According to the SF Appeal, last week, the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control & Welfare delayed a decision on whether or not to ban dog, cat, and small mammal sales at pet stores. A member of the commission, Philip Gerrie, proposed the ban back at the end of May, which originally was just supposed to include cats and dogs, to discourage excessive animal breeding and
minimize the number of animals euthanized in the city's shelters. According to ABC 7's report, other cities have bans on sales of cats and dogs in pet stores, but if this proposal passes, San Francisco will be the only city that has banned the sale of other furry creatures like chinchillas, rats, and mice. Something I didn't know — the sale of bunnies is already illegal in SF — but yet there are still lots of rabbits that end up in SF Animal Care and Control.
Obviously, some people aren't happy about the proposed ban, including giant pet stores like PETCO. But some reputable, small, locally-owned businesses, like Animal Connection, also sell some of these small companions and will be hurt by the ban.
Personally, I'm for the proposal. I believe that it will not only make people more aware of adopting from shelters, but it may also put at end to "whim" purchases of pets, which often ends up in the pet being abandoned or mistreated. There are so many great adoptable pets out there at shelters and rescue groups that need homes — why bring in more at the expense of the lives of these awesome animals? The ban may also change people's views of shelter animals; some people seem to view them in the same way they view shopping at the Goodwill and other thrift stores (my fave shopping spots, duh), as unworthy second hand tossaways. Bringing more people into shelters to see the animals may make people realize that most of these pets are the ones they've been searching for all along.
We'll just have to see what happens, I guess. The SF Appeal reports that the seven-member commission will revisit this proposal on July 8 at its next