June 7, 2010:
Hooray! The Los Angeles City Council has instructed Animal Services to draft an ordinance preventing pet stores from selling dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens that are bred for profit by animal mills!
The proposed ordinance would establish a way for shelter animals to be adopted through pet stores as well as ban factory farmed animals from being sold.
“We’re not only protecting the animals. We’re protecting the people … who don’t know that when they go into a pet store, they are going to pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars for an animal that is likely to be sick , have genetic defects and may not even live two or three weeks when they get it home,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of Animal Services.
The motion, introduced by Councilman Paul Koretz and seconded by Councilman Tony Cardenas, was unanimously approved by the Los Angeles City Council.
“We’re talking about lives here. We’re not just talking about somebody selling widgets. We’re not talking about somebody owning a little candy store. We’re talking about lives. We’re talking about mammals. We’re talking about beings,” Cardenas said.