Yet another city is looking into the possibility of banning the retail sale of dogs and cats.
The city council in Irvine, Calif., has directed city staff to research the prohibition of retail sales of dogs and cats at pet stores, said Craig Reem, Irvine’s director of public affairs and communications. Staff is researching two other animal-related issues: mandatory spaying or neutering of dogs and other companion animals and the use of animals in entertainment, such as in circuses and rodeos.
These initiatives are in response to requests from pet advocates, who have brought these issues to city officials’ attention and shared with them the animal-related laws other municipalities have instituted, Reem said.
City staff is tentatively scheduled to present its findings to the council on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Reem said. At that time, the council may decide to draft an ordinance for any of these three issues.
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) issued an industry alert today in which the organization said pet stores should serve as one of the options pet owners may turn to in choosing a companion animal.
“Discriminatory bans against the sale of animals by pet stores are poor pubic policy and are harmful to pet and pet owners,” PIJAC stated in the alert. “Such bans do not benefit animals or the pet owning public.”
PIJAC is calling on Irvine residents, pet stores, other pet industry professionals and pet owners to contact Irvine’s council members and voice their opposition to a pet sales ban.
Such bans have been popping up in a small, but increasing number of U.S. towns. At least three municipalities approved such a ban in the last year. Officials in Amherst, N.Y., recently rejected a ban.<HOME>
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