The San Diego Animal Defense Team strongly supports this legislation!
HELP SAN FRANCISCO BAN RETAIL SALES OF ANIMALS!
If you are in the Bay Area: URGENT COMMITTEE MEETING ON JULY 8, 2010!
ANIMAL ACTIVISTS' VOICES MUST BE HEARD!
Last Chance for Animals (LCA) supports the city of San Francisco in considering a ban on the retail sales of animals! West Hollywood, CA banned the retail sales of dogs and cats last year. Hermosa Beach followed with a similar ordinance. Banning such sales in South Lake Tahoe, CA will take effect in 2011.
The ban is the brainchild of Philip Gerrie of the San Francisco Commission of Animal Control & Welfare. The ban would "discourage excessive animal breeding and minimize the number of animals euthanized in city animal shelters," he said.
The proposal would not be limited to a ban on sales of dogs and cats, but also small mammals such as hamsters, guinea pigs, rats, mice and chinchillas. Sales of birds may be banned as well.
The idea is to control the breeding and numbers of animals that end up in public shelters. It is estimated more than 90% of dogs sold in pet stores come from puppy mills and backyard breeders. The Commission's plan is an acknowledgement that pet stores may often times be a front for unscrupulous breeders and distributors profiting from breeding and selling other animals as well. The Pet Shop Project, which LCA started in 2008, has been working hard to bring attention to the problem of backyard breeders and their indisputable contribution to California's pet overpopulation problem and the non-stop euthanizing at our over-crowded shelters!
This is a call-to-action to all animal activists!! If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, please show up at the meeting (and bring a few friends!) where the Commission will consider the ban on July 8, 2010, and help drown out the opposition! They are very organized and quite prepared to fight this!
San Francisco City Hall - 5:30pm - July 8, 2010
Commission of Animal Control & Welfare
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 408
San Francisco, CA 94102
For the animals,
Last Chance for Animals