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San Diego Proposal To Ban Retail Sale Of Dogs, Cats And Rabbits Moves Forward

Did you know that rescue groups in San Diego import dogs from outside the area, and even from Mexico? And now, these same groups are supporting a ban on the sales of puppies bred by licensed ethical breeders here in the US. The animal rights fanatics prefer for NO animal to be purposefully bred, ever. What better way to ensure that than to force all pets sold to be sterilized "rescues".

"Gary Weitzman, president of the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA, said the ordinance would help find more homes for the 45,000 animals that come through the shelter system in San Diego County."

Reality check.

This is not about finding homes for shelter animals. There is a grand total of ONE pet store in San Diego. Shutting them down will have vitually NO EFFECT on the shelter population, and will not help even ONE shelter dog find a home. No, this is an ideological issue. This is all about institutionalized prejudice against pet breeders. It's all about demonizing pet breeders. It's all about making pet ownership more restrictive.

Currently, no adoptable dogs are killed in San Diego's shelter system. Ever. Because THEY ALL FIND HOMES.

"Animal advocacy groups report 99 percent of canines sold in pet stores come from inhumane puppy mills, which fail to provide adequate veterinary care."

What utter rubbish. Commercial pet breeders are among the most highly regulated of industries. VPI pet insurance reduced the rates for pet store puppies by 22% as compared to pets obtained from other sources. Why? Pet store puppies receive more veterinary care in the first 12 weeks of life than any other puppies, and, as a result, have fewer claims.

A Simi Valley "rescue" group sold puppies with parvo just this past January. Pet buyers who patronize pet stores and breeders are afforded legal protection by the Lockyer-Polanco-Farr act. Shelters and rescues are EXEMPT from this act, which means those who buy sick rescued pets have no recourse and are stuck with thousands in vet bills when they purchase a sick "rescued" animal.

What the proponents of this ordinance want to do is to trade a heavily regulated business for their own largely unregulated enterprise. This would encourage the growth of an underground market operating without any oversight.

May 3, 2013 at 1:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )