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Toronto Bans the Sale of Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores

Bans the Sale of Dogs and CatsOn June 19, 2013,Toronto city council voted to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores making it against a by-law to sell or purchase from pet stores.

The bylaw was proposed back in May 2013 citing that many pet stores sell animals that come from “puppy mills”, which is defined as a “commercial dog breeding facility that is operated with an emphasis upon profits”, according to Wikipedia.

Pet store owners can still work in correlation with the local animal shelters including the Humane Society and be able to take in shelter or rescue dogs and cats and adopt them out.

Toronto is the second Canadian city to pass a by-law to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Richmond in British Columbia passed a similar ban in 2010. Kingston, Ontario currently has a proposed ban and several cities in the United States, including Brantford, Connecticut, San Diego and Los Angeles, with Chicago saying it will follow suite if LA’s ban passes.

What are your thoughts on the banning of sale for dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores? Do you think it’s a good move for animals or a bad move for pet store owners?

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