Preliminary approval has been given by the city council in Los Angeles
to a proposal that would require pet stores to acquire the pets that
they put up for sale to come from local shelters and rescue organizations rather
than from commercial breeders. With final approval the council will
enact one of the strictest policies in the country.
The plan would start with a three-year ban on the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits from commercial breeders. This test period would allow the city to determine if this reduces the kill rate of animals in local shelters. Last year 25% of dogs and 57% of cats were euthanized after they were not adopted. It was a distressing level of carnage.
There was some discussion and disagreement over rabbits being included in the ban since some pet stores sell rabbits, but not dogs and cats. Changing this part of the proposal would require also changing city ordinance and delay the enacting of the ban.
Due to the opposition the final vote will happen next week. Once signed into law there would be 30 days for it to take effect.
Source: Daily News