A new law in San Francisco has made it illegal to sell dogs and cats obtained from mills within the city. The bill targets puppy mills and kitten factories that put animals in horrible conditions in order to crank out cute puppies and kittens that can be sold for a profit. Under the new law, only rescue animals can be sold in pet stores.
The law does not extend to licensed breeders who give their animals proper care, but it does also ban the sale of animals under eight weeks old. While there currently aren’t any pet stores in San Francisco that sell animals obtained from mills, the bill will discourage new businesses that don’t obtain their pets ethically.
San Francisco isn’t the first city in the United States to enact such a law. Austin, Boston, Chicago, Piladelphia, Los Angeles, and San Diego have all passed similar laws. Hopefully more cities will follow the example and make sure that puppy mills and kitten factories are brought to an end. Every rescue animal deserves a chance, and laws like this help make sure they find the forever homes they need.
What do you think? Would you like to see more laws like this in place around the country? Do you believe this will hurt puppy mills and kitten factories? Let us know in the comments below!