Ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats – The Oracle

The retail sale of dogs and cats should be banned because it keeps irresponsible and inhumane breeders in business. SPECIAL AT ORACLE/VOXITATIS

Pet stores are often one of the first options for families looking for a new cat or dog. However, people and organizations across the state are trying to ban the sale of cats and dogs in these places, and with good reason.

These stores are notorious for buying animals from puppy mills or kitten mills, and buying one of these animals just keeps these horrible places going.

A puppy mill is a place that raises puppies solely for profit and usually under inhumane conditions. Although these places are often regulated, the regulations are not enough to guarantee the safety and health of the animals.

Breeders can own more than 1,000 dogs, and a dog’s crate size should only be six inches larger than the dogs on all sides, as stated by Best Friends Animal Society. website.

A bill proposing the prohibition of such sales, House Bill 253, was introduced in the Florida House of Representatives last October, but sadly passed away on March 14. That doesn’t mean pet retail isn’t a big deal yet. Florida residents and lawmakers must continue to push for this ban.

The same often happens to cats, as kitten mills are also common across the country. Members of the Companion Animal Protection Society went undercover into a Nebraska kitten factory in 2016 and filmed the entire place. The pictures shows cats and kittens in dirty little cages, and many of them have infected eyes and dirty fur.

About 90% of puppies in pet stores come from factories, as PAWS states on their website. Indeed, responsible breeders are much less likely to sell their animals to a pet store. If the breeder cares about animal health and safety, they will want to meet buyers first-hand and be open to showing them where the animals are kept and cared for, as stated by the Humane Society’s website.

Banning pet stores from selling dogs and cats and encouraging people to adopt shelters instead will hopefully bankrupt these factories. There are plenty of animals in shelters looking for homes, with admissions up 8.1% last year, as reported on June 7 Press release by Best Friends Animal Society.

That same press release said five states — Texas, California, North Carolina, Florida, and Alabama — accounted for 50% of animals killed in shelters across the country in 2021. As a major contributor to this statistic, it is particularly important that Florida does more to encourage people to buy from shelters and stop irresponsible animal breeders.

Several states, including Maryland, Washington and Illinois, have already moved to ban pet stores from selling dogs and cats, the Animal Legal Defense Fund said in a March 12 statement. article. It’s time for Florida to join that list.

Floridians must continue to push for this ban and support the health and well-being of these innocent animals.

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