Post # 1
This is a cause that I have been in favor of since i became aware of puppy mills when I was in college. Now San Francisco is considering banning the sale of all pets except fish in pet stores (you could still buy one through a classified ad, a breeder, or go to a rescue or shelter, or just drive to another city).
I would LOVE if this became a nationwide ban. It breaks my heart how 1) so many people who should not own pets do, and then don’t treat them well and 2) how many pets end up in shelters, on the streets, etc.
If people had to make the effort to go to a shelter, rescue group, or breeder for their pets… I truly believe we would have so many fewer poorly treated and euthanized animals.
Here is a link to an article about it. I actually heard about this a while ago but was reminded by Oprah today 🙂
Post # 3
I would not support a complete ban, but I would support stricter regulations. You can still get an unhealthy puppy through a classified ad, a breeder, or a rescue or shelter, or by just driving to another city.
Post # 4
@noritake22: i totally agree… this ban would still leave open backyard breeders and poor rescue groups to selling unhealthy puppies… I guess I just think this is a great first step because it would put puppy mills out of business. What type of stricter regulations would you like to see?
Post # 5
I would be a fan of banning the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores but I’d have a harder time being behind a ban of selling fish (I know you indicated this isn’t included in the SF ban), hamsters, rabbits, snakes, lizards, guinea pigs, etc. I honestly don’t know of anywhere to purchase some of these other animals should you like them for a pet besides going to a pet store. They aren’t the type of animals that overcrowd our shetlers and ending up euthanized yet they are great pets for certain people/families.
Post # 6
I would like to see something done. I got a sick puppy from a pet store ac ouple of years ago. He looked healthy, but he seemed a little crazy yes dogs can be crazy!! lol With care, he lasted a couple of years, but we had to put him down last year because he was suffering and later we found out he had cancer.
Post # 7
Yes – though I would worry that this would only lead to an uptick in selling puppies over the internet.
Then again, while I’m not sure it would drive puppy mills out of business, I think a ban would go a long way toward decreasing the profitability of their operations.
Post # 8
I know it would cost money, but I would like to see inspectors do surprise inspections at least monthly and the inspection wouldn’t just be of the premises, it would also be an inspection of all of the documents for each puppy; including, but not limited to cerificate of pedigree documents and vetrinary care. The certificates show the lineage with registry numbers and the vet papers would show health issues.
Post # 10
@teaadntoast: oh man I forgot about the internet. Why are there so many people hellbent on torturing animals for their own gain?
@noritake22: in a perfect world…. 🙂 I really think that would be a great scenario, i just don’t see it really being done. Also, I think we’d have to have stricter standards. Right now it is totally legal to have puppy mills. I think there should be standards about how much time the animals get outside, how they are treated, how their health is cared for, how many litters they can have, etc etc.
Post # 11
I think it’s a start! We have a pet store in town and they will take absolutely anything..it’s horribly sad!
Post # 12
When you put it like that, Noritake, it’s hard to understand why it isn’t done that way already… hefty fines would pay for it as well, so for the first few yrs it’d be self-funding.
Post # 13
So I only know dogs, not pets in general…
I want to see a law that says you have to have a license to have an “intact” dog. If you’re not breeding dogs, you should spay/neuter your pets!
So maybe not everyone is going to agree with me, but I really really believe in dog breeders (the good ones). These are people who know the breed, love the breed and only breed the best dogs of every litter. They help stop diseased animals from occuring in generations and animals with nice temperments are born. Regardless of what most people think, they don’t make a profit (it’s VERY expensive to breed and give them shots and all). Breeders also research pet owners before giving away their puppies and make sure that their puppies go to loving homes. And if something ever were to happen to that family that the puppy went to, the breeder takes the puppy back.
I’m totally all for breeders and shelter, please don’t buy dogs at pet stores!
Post # 14
@MissBuffalo: I think that is a great idea! Kind of like how you can be fined if you don’t have a license for your dog, you could be fined if you don’t spay/neuter within 30-60 days of purchase/adoption. Of course, cops would actually have to watch for it… but I think it would really help the pet problem! Or maybe to GET a license you’d have to prove your dog was fixed? And checking for a tag is a lot easier than checking for.. ahem… parts. 🙂
On a side note re: intact dogs… has anyone else here ever heard of neuticles (sp?). Fiance and I were watching the Kardashians show this weekend and Kim got her dog neutered, but got him testicle implants called neuticals so that it LOOKED like he was not fixed. Craziest freaking thing I’ve ever seen (but go Kim for being a responsible pet owner!)
Post # 15
I absolutely think that rescue animals and animals in shelters need homes first. I’d support it.
Post # 16
@Mrs.KMM: You said exactly what I was going to say. I don’t have a problem with pet stores selling pets that are going to be kept in cages, tanks, or terrariums. But dogs and cats?! I would definitely support that ban.