Pet Store Animal Sales Prohibition: Barking Up the Wrong Tree

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Lisa A. Shenkle
VERB! Communications
Cathy Calliotte
Vice President Marketing & Communications
202.452.1525 x107

Washington, D.C. – If it barks, purrs or hops, Los Angeles residents may have a hard time finding that pet at a local pet store. The Los Angeles City Council has asked the city attorney to study the issue of banning the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores. The ugly truth about banning pet sales in retail stores is that would-be pet owners lose the security of knowing that those dogs, cats and rabbits come from an environment controlled and regulated by state law. “Retail pet sale bans do not address the welfare of animals, but simply reduce the available sources of pets for responsible pet owners,” says Mike Canning, President of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC).