This is great news for 2 main reasons:
(1) The ban is a a response to how badly animals are treated in commercial breeding facilities. San Diego is now the 32nd city in North America to enact such legislation. Yay, San Diego!
(2) This is the even better part (IMO): this gets the info about puppy mills out to the general animal-loving public, who may not be as dialed in as those of us who blog/read pet-blogs/donate to shelters. Folks in San Diego who watch the news or read the paper or (more likely) see the headlines their friends share on Facebook will find out about the plight of dogs in puppy mills.
Remember how Snoopy used to always say he was from the "Daisy Hill Puppy Farm." I think that's where most folks think puppies in pet stores come from - a happy little farm, with beagle puppies (and other adorable pups) romping in the grass. (I used to think that! I suppose at one point they did, before it became big business.)
|An adorable beagle pup romping (or howling in this case) in the grass - our angel Bailey|
I hope it doesn't seem unfeeling of me to bring this important animal welfare issue down to the dollars and cents - but, let's face it, the only way a lot of folks out there will pay attention to something is if it affects their wallet. Folks who have unfortunately, unknowingly purchased a puppy mill pup and had it have a host of problems have learned the oh-so-hard way. Hopefully others will learn just by hearing about this ordinance.
I was interested to read in the coverage of the news (which you can read here if you want the full details) that there are only 2 pet stores in San Diego that will be affected. (Maybe that in itself is a good sign!) I suppose some folks will decry that this is government butting in, but I'm glad the city made this move. As the President of the San Diego Humane Society said, "San Diego is one of the pet friendliest cities in the nation, so it's important that we set the standard for the humane treatment of animals and for animal welfare issues nationwide."
I definitely think San Diego is one of the pet friendliest cities so I'm glad we live here - and glad this ordinance was passed! I know you guys don't need to be educated on this - but the masses do, and hopefully lots of them heard this news and why it's important!
How's about a cute dog pic - this little one-eyed, ~5yr old, 8lb Dachshund/Chihuahua blend is available at Helen Woodward where I volunteer. Isn't she a cutie?
|Bella - a happy girl who needs a furever home!|
Go check out all their dogs - including a LOT of adorable puppies here.
Happy Blog the Change for Animals Day!
And thanks to founders Kim Clune and Amy Burkert for sponsoring Blog the Change!