San Francisco considers banning pet sales
July 26, 2010
City officials are currently considering a proposal that would ban the sale of almost all pets in San Francisco. [LA Times]
In the beginning, the regulation was meant to apply only to cats and dogs, as a means of discouraging puppy mills. Towns including South Lake Tahoe and West Hollywood already have laws in place and larger cities such as El Paso and Austin are considering a ban.
However, San Francisco’s ban would be broader, including most animals. Even hamsters–turns out that hamsters are euthanized at a greater rate than any other pet in the Bay Area.
The city’s Animal Control & Welfare Commission is scheduled to vote on the measure in August, If it passes, then the Board of Supervisors gets to weigh in.
Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, said he is “not aware” of any other jurisdiction considering such a widespread ban. And he’s not sold on the San Francisco effort.
“I think the best thing would be to start with [banning] the sale of dogs and cats from these pet stores,” he said. With a broader ban, “I think you attract a set of additional opponents that sink an otherwise achievable goal.”