Post # 1
The city of Toronto has voted and it’s official- the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores has been banned. They will however be allowed to house shelter animals and adopt them out kind of like an extension to the humane society.
I think it’s a step in the right direction. Now we just need tougher laws against puppy mills and BYBs.
Post # 4
That makes me so happy! I can’t believe how many of my friends have strolled into a pet store for kittens and puppies when there are so many sitting in shelters.
Post # 5
Wow, that’s incredible!!
I wish the states would start passing laws like that!
Post # 6
Oh my gosh! *does a little dance*
This is SO good all around.
And it will give much less support for puppy mills/catteries so less demand will = less supply hopefully !!!!
Post # 7
I don’t buy dogs or cats at petstores, and I won’t even buy ANYTHING from a store that sells dogs or cats. And if I hear someone talking about maybe getting a pet, I discourage them going to a petstore.
But I hate legislation like this because they often sneak in stuff that also hurts reputable breeders. (I haven’t done on research on this particular peice of legislation, but it’s a frequent tactic of PETA/HSUS to try to end ALL BREEDING of animals.)
I have mixed feelings on it. I favor “education” over “legislation”.
Post # 8
@abbyful: I can agree that the government tends to pull fast ones on the public, and the extent of my knowledge regarding this bylaw is this article alone but it’s not saying that breeders can no longer breed. And in my opinion, any “breeder” who sells to pets stores should be shut down anyway.
Just curious how you think this will hurt reputable breeders? I can’t think of a reason myself and I would love to hear your thoughts so I can see it in a different light.
Post # 9
@abbyful: From what I have read (which isn’t enough, but I will sift through it more later), it’s been acknowledged that this particular ban is to prevent animals being mass produced for profit in mills. I’ve read a few statements which stress that shelter animals or animals that come from a reputable breeder are preferable, and that no reputable breeders will sell to pet stores. I’m definitely going to be doing more homework on this, but I actually think this is a step in the right direction in terms of encouraging people to know and care where their animals are coming from.
Post # 10
@MissSawyer – I don’t know how THIS particular legislation may perhaps have an effect on reputable breeders because I haven’t done any research on it, but some laws do. And yes, I agree no breeder worth their salt would sell via a 3rd party.
For example, a law that says a breeder can only have 5 intact females over age 6 months, many show-breeders keep a couple puppies until over 6 months to see how they turn out! If they already have several dogs they currently show, all of a sudden these 6 month puppies push them over a randomly decided “limit”.
Or MSN laws, even ones with clauses for show-dogs, say that a dog over age 6 months must be in the show ring. Some dogs are not ready for the show ring by 6 months, it depends on how their coat is coming in, how they are maturing, their temperament, etc.
Or limits on number of litters per year, I think should be number of litters OR a certain number of puppies. One of my friends (show-breeder) has had 2 litters last year that yeilded only 1 puppy, not all that uncommon for small breeds to have singleton litters, but that means she was completely done for the year.
Or silly stuff they sneak in. Like “you can’t stack crates” or “dogs must have 24/7 access to go in and out as they please”. (Most reputable breeders raise their dogs in their house, and they don’t want dogs going outside unsupervised even in kennel runs! I know I worry about snakes and hawks.)
A lot of the laws people want to push through have things like requring very expensive breeding licenses. Who can afford that? Puppymills! Your small reputable show-breeder that breeds once a year can’t afford it.
Stuff that like. Reputable breeders get caught in these laws too, and sometimes are hurt more than the target of the laws.
Post # 11
@abbyful: I can see what you mean by the other rules there are. I had no idea there was (or if there are any here?). The only thing I’ve heard of is a number of dog restriction in my town, but that’s for the regular joe owner, not a breeder.
Thanks for the insight!
Post # 12
Fantastic news. Lets hope things continue in the same vein.
Post # 14
Way to go, Toronto! I hope this law is just the first of many. I would certainly like to see laws like this in the United States!
Post # 16
Yaye!! SO proud of my city for this!!! My little one is a rescue puppy, and you will never know love until you are loved by an animal you rescued….