As more and more citizens and government entities become fed up with pet mills, more and more cities are saying “enough.” That’s been the trend in Georgia recently, where two different towns have now placed a ban on the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores since March of this year. This isn’t to say you can’t get a dog or a cat at pet stores in Canton or Holly Springs, GA, anymore; you’ll just have to adopt them.
Pet Sale Bans
What it amounts to is if stores there want to deal in dogs and cats, they can no longer purchase them from private breeders. They’ll have to coordinate through local shelters and rescues to arrange adoptions, instead. The problem is puppy and kitty mills and the horrendous living conditions the poor animals stuck in them endure until they are ultimately bred out and abandoned somewhere. That, in a nutshell, is what these bans are designed to do, put the unscrupulous out of business.
For & Against
The laws, while cheered by many when ruled upon, have not pleased everyone. The argument, opponents of the bans say, is that laws like these will have little to no effect on designer pet mills. They point out that the Internet, local ads and even flea markets can conjure up a brisk business for breeders, regardless. Proponents of these bills point to the heavy burden placed on taxpayers every time one of these mills is busted. The price tag in association with these raids in upkeep and care for the rescued animals is staggering.
The fact of the matter is that these two relatively small towns in Georgia are just part of a growing movement to end pets mills. The site BestFriends.org, an animal rescue resource, has a list of cities that have enacted same or similar bans across the country and in Canada, with California, Florida and New Jersey leading the way. According to Fox Atlanta, there are currently “more than 200 cities nationwide with similar laws” in effect.
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