No More Doggy In The Window?
England moves to ban all puppy & kitten sales in pet stores, as advocates fight for the same in America.
No More Pet Stores?
England’s Proposed Ban
- What: Ban sales of puppies & kittens younger than 6 months old by anyone EXCEPT breeders.
- Why:A Crackdown on puppy mills & poor treatment of animals.
- Interesting: England doesn’t track puppy sales – no clear idea of how many puppies are actually being sold through pet stores; estimates upwards of 80,000.
Puppy Probs: Stateside
- Americans spending more $$ on their pet’s care & comfort: est. $70B this year.
- CA passed a law banning the sale of puppies in pet stores by 2019.
- MD passed a similar law this year.
- Why keep pets in pet stores? Some argue pushing all sales to breeders will push puppy sales “underground” and same mistreatment to occur.
The Benefit Of A Ban
“(Bans) protect consumers who may unwittingly purchase sometimes sick or genetically compromised puppy mill puppies from pet stores. They promote the acquisition of shelter/rescue dogs instead of commercially bred dogs …. Nationally, they pressure the commercial pet industry to clean up its act.”
The proposed ban of puppy and kitten sales in English pet stores opened for public commentary in late August and will close in mid-September before it goes before Parliament; a ban to stop sales of pets younger than 8 weeks old starts on Oct. 1.
- Puppy and kitten sales at pet shops set to be banned:
- A ban on the commerical third-party sales of puppies and kittens in England:
- Pet Shops in England Will Be Forbidden From Selling Puppies or Kittens—and Animal Welfare Advocates Are Celebrating:
- Humane Society:
by Jenna Lee,