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West Hollywood officially bans pet shop sales of cats and dogs

February 17, 12:22 PMCats ExaminerBarbara Kohn



In what is being hailed as a landmark ruling on behalf of the welfare of animals, the West Hollywood, Calif., City Council Tuesday evening voted unanimously to ban pet shops from selling cats and dogs. (The ban needed to go through two rounds of Council voting before official passage. The first vote was Feb. 1.)



The new law goes into effect in September when pet shops within the City will only be able to offer animals from shelters. The ban is aimed directly at puppy mills and kitty factories, which provide animals to pet shops. The ordinance is the second of its kind nationwide; South Lake Tahoe passed a similar law last year.



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Darlin, if I could afford WeHo, I would totally be there. But, alas, I'm not nearly fabulous enough.

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But you need both Money AND Fabulosity to live in WeHo...

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Very cool. Now if we could just get laws like that passed nationally...



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This is excellent news!
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Very cool. Now if we could just get laws like that passed nationally...



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I agree. I think this is awesome.



Except I do wish all small animals had been included in that, like birds, fish, reptiles, snakes, mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, etc.

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It only makes sense. There is no need to produce more animals when we destroy millions of unwanted ones.
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I can't remember the last time I saw a puppy or kitten for sale in a pet shop. I wonder if it's illegal here too...
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According to the original article, the only other city with a similar law is South Lake Tahoe.



I agree that it should be extended nationwide, and to other animals, as well. Rabbits in particular get hit hard around Easter. They get over-bred and over-bought for the holiday, then abandoned when people realize that they actually have to take care of the animals they purchased. Or they're relegated to a tiny cage and just get food, water, and the occasional petting, without ever being let out or allowed to really play.



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I agree. I think this is awesome.



Except I do wish all small animals had been included in that, like birds, fish, reptiles, snakes, mice, rats, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, chinchillas, etc.



I agree with that. The ban doesn't seem to go far enough. But one step at a time.



Also, even though I don't live in WeHo myself, I'm not aware of any pet shops there or anywhere else in the LA County area that sell small animals such as you described above, but perhaps they do sell some around Easter, such as baby chicks. The PETCO in Santa Monica used to sell exotic birds, but not anymore. They still sell fish, however.

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This is an excellent first step, and no doubt represents a tremendous amount of work by humane people. After all, the pet breeding industries are very powerful.

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I can't remember the last time I saw a puppy or kitten for sale in a pet shop. I wonder if it's illegal here too...



Unfortunately it's not illegal here. I was just in a new local pet store and saw a bunch of puppies in a glass "cage" that were crying . Easter is also coming up and stores like Agway and Tractor Supply stores always have baby chicks for sale.
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Its far from illegal here and it makes me so sad. It seems like we have new pet stores who sell puppies all the time. There are commercials on TV (They actually have them up on youtube) for this one pet store who sells "pure bred and mixed breed puppies from local breeders who care about animals". There are people playing with all of these little pure bred puppies acting all happy. I know of at least 3 pet stores that sell puppies and other animals in a town near here. This is one of them http://deespetstore.com/dogs



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That's wonderful! I'm doing a speech right now on puppy mills, can't wait to work this in.
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Yay. (: Here most pet shops offer cats from shelters, but not dogs.

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Darlin, if I could afford WeHo, I would totally be there. But, alas, I'm not nearly fabulous enough.



Randy, hun, it's not the neighborhood that makes the people but the people who make the neighborhood. I'm sure you're fabulous enough for any neighborhood.

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Randy, hun, it's not the neighborhood that makes the people but the people who make the neighborhood. I'm sure you're fabulous enough for any neighborhood.



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Yeh, it's great news. Only wish they would include the "disposable" animals.
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