Posted: July 10, 2012, 4:50 p.m. EDT
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council ramped up efforts to quash a bill that would ban the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in Los Angeles, the group reported today.
The council published an online Legislative Action Kit retailers can use to start a grassroots movement and launched a website to raise awareness about the bill among consumers in the L.A. area.
“It’s important for the people of Los Angeles to know the facts, stay informed, and communicate with their council member to oppose the ban on pet sales,” said Mike Canning, president and CEO of PIJAC. “To aid the industry and their customers in protecting consumer freedom and animal welfare, we have launched a campaign to stop the prohibition.”
The Legislative Action Kit includes legislative talking points, a sample letter to council members and consumer flyers containing reasons for choosing a pet store puppy and contact information for local council members.
PIJAC’s consumer campaign includes a website, StopPetBans.org/LosAngeles, with council member contact information, downloadable flyers and the ability to share information from the site via Facebook and Twitter. PIJAC also operates the Twitter profile @StopPetBans and the Stop Pet Bans Facebook page to disperse information and connect with social network users, the council reported.
“Both Twitter and Facebook are important to getting the word out and stopping a retail pet sale ban in Los Angeles,” Canning said.
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