One major problem with several proposed bans on puppy sales in stores

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I am very pleased to see a number of recent articles concerning cities, towns and even states considering bans on the sale of puppies in retail stores. This trend needs to spread everywhere.

But in nearly all of the articles I’ve seen on this issue, one important section of the proposals could lead to major problems – at least if the reporting is accurate. The proposals are reported as banning the sale of puppies from breeders BUT allowing the purchase and subsequent sale of dogs from local rescue groups and shelters.

No – No – No – No – No. The only way to do this is for the rescue groups and shelters to bring in homeless pets for adoption. In my home city and I’m sure in many other cities and towns, local stores and local outlets of national chain stores such as PetSmart and Petco play host to weekend adoption fairs.

We absolutely DO NOT want stores buying dogs or cats or any homeless pets from shelters or rescue groups. And I would hope that none of these organizations would even agree to it.

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Review: Very interesting editorial on puppy mills

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The Arizona Daily Star ran a thought-provoking editorial Monday, concerning a proposed ban on pet sales in stores in Tucson, Ariz. and the connection to puppy mills.

The writer notes data from the Humane Society of the US – where it is reported an estimated “176,000 dogs are held for breeding in more than 10,000 puppy mills nationwide. Millions of puppies are the product.”

A quote is included from an Arizona Republic article, by Phoenix Vice Mayor Bill Gates. He claims bans such as this are “part of a systematic approach that we’ve seen where behavior by businesses is being criminalized.”

These all-or-nothing” and turning slippery slopes to falling off the cliffs need to stop. Animal-welfare advocates are only trying to criminalize criminal behavior.

The writer does understand the horrors of puppy mills. But then we have following that requires a bit of a correction:

Some pet stores, including PetSmart and Petco, sell animals from local shelters. It’s good PR and good business.

PetSmart and Petco are not selling homeless pets. These stores are allowing adoptions on site from local rescue groups.

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Another city considers ban on the sale of puppies in stores

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Hopefully, we are seeing a real movement here. The Arizona Daily Star reports the City of Tucson, Ariz. is considering a ban on the sale of puppies and kittens in retail outlets.

The ban is another effort to shut down the sale of puppy mill dogs. The ordinance would allow for the adoption of pets from shelters and rescue groups in stores. The article notes four stores in Tucson are currently selling puppies.

And it is reported that about 40 cities in the United States and Canada have enacted similar bans, since 2006. Let’s hope the pace quickens in a huge way in 2014. And as I suggested in a recent post, state legislatures could really make a difference with state-wide bans.

And the following news from the piece is very interesting:

A survey of 200 breed clubs associated with the American Kennel Club found 97 percent had practices against selling to retailers ….

I congratulate the two Arizona Daily Star writers who contributed, for engaging in some quality research.

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