Yay Mayor Clover Moore! Big barks!!!! My only question is why we in North America are behind Australia (and Belgium and Croatia) in cutting off the money to puppy mills. No pet store sales, no puppy mills.
Thanks to the Sydney Morning Herald for this news.
Clover puts pet project to house
October 18, 2007
Cats and dogs would be banned from pet shops under a radical proposal from dog lover and parliamentarian, Clover Moore.
Ms Moore, famous for her dog collar neck wear and the owner of two Staffordshire terriers, tabled a bill in the NSW Parliament today calling for a crackdown on impulse buying of cats and dogs.
Under her Animals (Regulation of Sale) Bill, cats, dogs or other mammals could only be bought from registered breeders, animal pounds and shelters or vets.
“Pet shops promote impulse buying and irresponsible breeding for profit. They create a demand for animals that can only be met by unscrupulous breeders and “puppy farms” that continue to produce more animals despite the oversupply,” Ms Moore said.
“Most people don’t know that more than 60,000 pets are put down each year in NSW – many were abandoned because they were bought on impulse as cute puppies and kittens displayed in shops, but had unanticipated costs and responsibilities or were unwanted gifts.
The RSPCA and other animal welfare groups have backed the plan.
“The RSPCA supports an end to the sale of pets in pet shops to prevent the euthanasia of hundreds of thousands of animals each year and to remove the market for cruel backyard breeding and puppy farms,” Steve Coleman, CEO for the RSPCA NSW.
But the pet industry has slammed Ms Moore’s plan as unworkable.
“If you ban the sale of pets in pet stores, you push it to the backyard breeders and it’s very hard to regulate,” said the Director of Pet World chain store, who asked not to be named.