San Francisco To Outlaw Pet Stores

sonia_real_puppy Kudos to San Francisco for its decision to crack down on an industry based on animal misery. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

San Francisco’s ever-active Animal Control and Welfare Commission has renewed its push for a pet sale ban in the city – only this time, it even covers goldfish. The idea is to put the squeeze on puppy and kitten mills that supply pet stores, and to discourage “impulse buys” of hamsters and other small pets that often wind up being dumped at shelters.

“Most fish in aquariums are either mass bred” under inhumane conditions “or taken from the wild,” commission member Philip Gerrie said. That leads to “devastation of tropical fish from places like Southeast Asia,” he said.

The proposed ban, which the commission just adopted after a year of study, was expanded to cover animal breeders as well as pet stores.
As you might expect, it has local merchants like Ocean Aquarium owner Justin Hau dumbfounded. “The city is taking more and more control,” Hau said. “They are very stupid.”

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’m not so  sure kudos  are called for. SF always likes to get out in front of the pack…and that’s great, but mauling local businesses and people who want to keep and care for pets isn’t a smart  way to go about reducing abusive breeders. I’ll happy cheer for tough restrictions on ‘farms/mills’  that  mass produce animals for sale…but locking the legitimate market out is wild overreach.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’m not so  sure kudos  are called for. SF always likes to get out in front of the pack…and that’s great, but mauling local businesses and people who want to keep and care for pets isn’t a smart  way to go about reducing abusive breeders. I’ll happy cheer for tough restrictions on ‘farms/mills’  that  mass produce animals for sale…but locking the legitimate market out is wild overreach.

  • MadHierophant

    San Fransisco is becoming a FABULOUS nanny state

    • spoonfulOFsugar

      When people behave like violent/ignorant/disrespectful children then yes, sometimes a nanny is called for. And what is wrong with a nanny who enforces practical laws which benefit everyone? (In this case, “everyone” includes our furry friends.)

  • MadHierophant

    San Fransisco is becoming a FABULOUS nanny state

  • Threefourdumb

     But who cares about all the humans living in the streets, right?

  • Threefourdumb

     But who cares about all the humans living in the streets, right?

  • Threefourdumb

     But who cares about all the humans living in the streets, right?

  • http://www.yourpredator.com Hunter Coch

    So what happen to all the snake owners who can no longer feed there pets because the stores that sell feeder fish, rats, and mice are banned?

    • SF2K01

      Technically it doesn’t say anything about feeders, so I imagine that it could easily become one of those things where “officially” they’re not selling pets.

      That or they’ll just go slightly out of the city limits.

      • ArgosyJones

        Ha. “feeder” chihuahuas and live sushi.

  • http://www.yourpredator.com Hunter Coch

    So what happen to all the snake owners who can no longer feed there pets because the stores that sell feeder fish, rats, and mice are banned?

  • ArgosyJones

    So, just as I was about to tell the good people of the bay area to fuck themselves, I read the article, and of course this is not what “jacobsloan” falsely portrays it as.  This is a recommendation from one part of the city government, which will probably go nowhere, so your kudos are slightly premature.

    Disin-FAIL.

  • ArgosyJones

    So, just as I was about to tell the good people of the bay area to fuck themselves, I read the article, and of course this is not what “jacobsloan” falsely portrays it as.  This is a recommendation from one part of the city government, which will probably go nowhere, so your kudos are slightly premature.

    Disin-FAIL.

  • Fuck The Police

    All pet stores and mills should be outlawed. Period.

    Chances are you’re a hypocrite if you’ve ever loved a pet. You animal, you.

  • Fuck The Police

    All pet stores and mills should be outlawed. Period.

    Chances are you’re a hypocrite if you’ve ever loved a pet. You animal, you.

  • Anonymous

    Technically it doesn’t say anything about feeders, so I imagine that it could easily become one of those things where “officially” they’re not selling pets.

    That or they’ll just go slightly out of the city limits.

  • Anonymous

    Technically it doesn’t say anything about feeders, so I imagine that it could easily become one of those things where “officially” they’re not selling pets.

    That or they’ll just go slightly out of the city limits.

  • spoonfulOFsugar

    When people behave like violent/ignorant/disrespectful children then yes, sometimes a nanny is called for. And what is wrong with a nanny who enforces practical laws which benefit everyone? (In this case, “everyone” includes our furry friends.)

  • Forevershirime

    I, for one, think this is an awesome idea. As someone who has worked with shelters and animal rescues before, I think this will help greatly improve the problem of someone walking into a store and seeing something cute and fuzzy and then a few months later getting bored with the thing and leaving it chained in the backyard or dropping it off at a shelter or even worse, abusing it or letting it loose on the street (because, OMG! animals have to, like, poop and eat and stuff! We can’t handle that!)
    Now they will have to at least think about it a little more and make a special trip outside the city if they want an animal companion.
    And as for feeder animals, I know you can order crickets online because my room mate does it all the time to feed his arachnids and they’re just shipped through the mail and, no, it’s not expensive. I’m sure there would be similar ways to procure rats and mice as well.

  • Forevershirime

    I, for one, think this is an awesome idea. As someone who has worked with shelters and animal rescues before, I think this will help greatly improve the problem of someone walking into a store and seeing something cute and fuzzy and then a few months later getting bored with the thing and leaving it chained in the backyard or dropping it off at a shelter or even worse, abusing it or letting it loose on the street (because, OMG! animals have to, like, poop and eat and stuff! We can’t handle that!)
    Now they will have to at least think about it a little more and make a special trip outside the city if they want an animal companion.
    And as for feeder animals, I know you can order crickets online because my room mate does it all the time to feed his arachnids and they’re just shipped through the mail and, no, it’s not expensive. I’m sure there would be similar ways to procure rats and mice as well.

  • ArgosyJones

    Ha. “feeder” chihuahuas and live sushi.

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