Throughout North America, jurisdictions [US: , Canada: ] have passed a ban on the sales of puppies, kittens and sometimes rabbits, ferrets, pigs and other animals in retail stores unless procured from accredited shelters or rescues, also known as "adopt-only" ordinances.
†PMFUS counts all New Jersey counties which include bans in their resolutions of support, though they lack authority over businesses locally.
assignment Resolution 2015-550, Mercer County, New Jersey Minutes, page 71 ⇾
"[The ordinance] discourages and, in fact, prevents the sale of animals brought to our community under the most horrific circumstances that no community should ever condone."
Restrictions on the Sale of Animals
1A. A pet shop may only offer for sale those dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:
a). An animal care facility; or
b). An animal rescue organization
—Jeff Nash, Camden County, New Jersey, Board Member, 9/2015. ondemand_videoVideo…. ⇾
Prohibitions of Bans
We include the 2 Arizona
and the 2 Ohio
jurisdictions because our count is of bans that have passed. Phoenix passed in 12/2013 and Tempe in 2/2016, before the state legislature prohibited puppy store bans; likewise Ohio: Toledo, 12/2013, and Grove City, 3/2016.
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Strong restrictions include ordinances that require pet stores to post breeder information on the cages of pets for sale and do not allow pets from mills that have had a USDA inspection violation in the past 2-5 years, variously. These are next to impossible to enforce, allow for business as usual and are dependent on consumers and watch dog organizations to report violations.
On the upside, when strong restrictions are proven to be repeatedly violated, it leaves a governing council or legislature no choice but to implement a total ban.
If the jurisdictions with strong restrictions [US: , Canada: ] that are causing puppy stores to close or change to humane are included, the number of international jurisdictions with pet sales bans or strong restrictions is .
Bans With Stores
Jurisdictions cite the reasons for the ordinance as humanitarian in nature since animals in puppy and kitten stores are virtually all sourced from large scale breeding operations, a.k.a. "puppy mills." Also frequently cited are issues of fraud as animals sold as pure-bred are sometimes not and animals born from sickly animals in pet mills can cost consumers in veterinarian and training bills. As costs rise, animals are sometimes turned over to local, tax payer-funded shelters or sold online.
By our count, at least bans have passed injursidictions that had at least one operating store in them, the majority of which are effective immediately. Some have limited grandfathering, usually 6 months. Noted on our map with a red puppy head icon.
Rabbit Sales Bans
jurisdictions name rabbits in their bans of retail sales. Rabbits are often sourced from the same kind of reprehensible conditions as puppy and kitten mills, where profits are of greater concern than the animals' well-being. This is why the term pet mills has come about.
Other Animal Sales Bans
. In May 2016, Arizona enacted a law that prohibits local communities from ending animal suffering by passing retail store restriction and ban ordinances and nullified the 2 that had been passed.
The law also created a statewide strong restriction on all stores.
We list bans that were passed, sowe have not changed the number of bansand include the bans passed in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona.
Resolutions of Support
cities, counties and state departments have issued statements and resolutions of support toencourage other jurisdictionsto pass bans. Details ….