UPDATED October 31, 2012
Los Angeles has officially become the largest US city to ban pet stores from selling animals obtained from commercial breeders. The LA City Council voted today (October 31, 2012) 13-2 in favor of a 3-year ban on the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. After the 3-year period, the ban will be reevaluated. The objective is to direct pet owners to local animal shelters, thereby reducing overcrowding in the shelters and reducing the number of animals that need to be put to sleep every year. It also addresses breeders who cut corners at the expense of the animals’ health, in order to lower expenses.
Under the law, proposed by City Councilman Paul Koretz, individuals will still be allowed to buy directly from breeders, while pet stores will be allowed to sell animals that come from humane societies, animal shelters, and registered rescue groups.
Animal activists around the country are hailing the decision, with the hope that other major cities will follow in LA’s footsteps and enact similar laws.
The law goes into effect in 6 months.