Royal Palm Beach Florida have decided to ban cat and dog sales and it’s sounds like a world first to me. It is certainly a dramatic decision and personally I think it is a bold and great decision. It’s a tough one to make because it has the potential for putting people out of business which is probably the objective when it comes to puppy and kitten mills.
One family owned business is crying foul. They say that it would be criminal to force them to close their shop: Star Pups Inc.. The decision to ban the sale of cats and dogs takes effect in 18 months which allows existing outlets to close down in a controlled manner (that’s my interpretation). The council were concerned about being sued if they did not allow an adequate lead in time.
The decision to ban sales was unanimous at 5-0. The subject has been discussed for years and animal welfare advocates are naturally pleased as it will put a stop to puppy and kitten mills supplying the businesses.
As I understand it existing pet stores will continue to operate provided they get their animals from bona fide suppliers (i.e. licensed breeders and suppliers with a clean record of compliance of USDA standards). Animal shelters and rescue organisations are except of course.
The huge problem with cat and dog sales in shops is that the suppliers are often unethical in supplying sick animals which leads to huge upset by adopters who are saddled with an unforeseen and heavy financial burden in veterinary bills.
There is also the obvious point that there are already many unwanted cats and dogs. It is illogical and unkind to sell sick animals when people should be adopted unwanted pets instead.
It seems that Star Pups has a dubious reputation as there have been six complaints in 2018 about sick puppies. Although the store did provide refunds and complied with existing regulations. That’s not the real point though. It is just plain unethical.
Source: Palm Beach Post.
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