Animal lovers all over are applauding the city of Irvine, California, which passed an ordinance yesterday that bans the sale of cats and dogs, as well as rodeos and circuses featuring exotic animals.
The ordinance is a victory in an ongoing war against inhumane breeders, puppy mills, and the pet stores that keep them in business.
Russo’s Pet Experience is the lone pet store that sells pets in Irvine and they will be forced to relocate after their lease is up in 2012.
With the more than 100,000 estimated puppy mills operating in the US more cities need to take a stronger stance like Irvine did.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, “Puppy mills have been around for decades. They continue to thrive because they prey on unwitting consumers who are smitten by too-cute-for-words puppies in pet store windows and on legitimate-seeming websites. Puppy mills house dogs in shockingly poor conditions. After their fertility wanes, breeding animals are often killed, abandoned or sold cheaply to another mill to try and get “one more litter” out of the dog. The annual result of all this breeding is millions of puppies, many with behavior and/or health problems.”
The number of perfectly healthy, loving, sweet homeless pets that are euthanized each year due to insufficient space is another prominent reason why people need to be encouraged to adopt, not shop for their pet.