This City Just Banned Pet Stores From Selling Any Non-Rescue Animals

Cambridge, Mass. just passed what’s believed to be the most far-reaching law yet to protect companion animals.

While most cities have focused on dogs, cats and rabbits, being sold in pet stores, the Cambridge City Council just voted unanimously in support of an ordinance that bans pet stores from selling all animals who are bred for profit, including mammals, birds, reptiles, arachnids and amphibians, and will instead require stores that want to continue to sell animals to work with rescues and shelters.

The news is good for dogs and cats, and especially for other small animals who are not immune to cruelty found in the pet trade. As the MSPCA-Angell points out, even with licensing and inspection programs in place, problems with small animal dealers also abound.

Laura Hagen, the organization’s deputy director of advocacy, added that these little critters often wind up in need of new homes after being purchased from stores. Last year, the MSPCA alone took in about 2,000 small animals, including reptiles, birds, guinea pigs and ferrets who were surrendered.

“At the end of the day this is about protecting animals,” said Cambridge Vice Mayor Marc McGovern. “No one who’s seen the videos of animals frozen to death, or stuffed in small boxes for transport without food or water, could support the continuation of these practices. I thank the city council for their commitment to animal protection and for helping to make our great city that much more humane.”

The new law will go into effect in one year to give stores time to transition their businesses. An advisory committee, with representatives from all sides, has also been set up that will work toward developing a system that helps shelters and stores work closer together.

While there was opposition to passing this measure, as there has been elsewhere, supporters are applauding the change and continue to point out that plenty of perfectly wonderful animals will still be available at stores, and no one is being stopped from working directly with a reputable breeder.

“Any pet store that goes out of business because of ordinances mandating basic protections for animals does so by choice,” Hagen added. “The vast majority of pet stores, be they large chains or small, local shops, already make most of their money from the sale of pet products and services such as boarding, grooming or training.  As the city council’s decision makes clear, there is no justification for maintaining a supply chain sustained by animal suffering.”

If you want to see your city become one of the next to take an amazing step like this to stop cruelty to companion animals, you can help by starting a petition.

 

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One Heart i
One Heart inc3 months ago

Thanks!!!

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One Heart i
One Heart inc3 months ago

Thanks!!!

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIE3 months ago

Well done Cambridge.

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Ch Bradley
Ch Bradley3 months ago

Congratulations to this forward looking city.

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iloshechka A
iloshechka A3 months ago

thanks

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rosario p
rosario p3 months ago

Yes!!!!!! :-))

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Bill Eagle
Bill Eagle3 months ago

Hurray for Cambridge. No more puppy mills for this town.

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Kay M
Kay M3 months ago

great start. let's do this nationwide.

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Lisa M
Lisa M3 months ago

Fantastic!

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