The movement to put an end to puppy mill breeders is growing, and it seems that Canada is making some good steps. We recently wrote about a nationwide chain of pet stores that stopped selling dogs and cats and began to help find homes for adoptable dogs and cats. Now, Toronto has joined in the puppy mill fight.
Yesterday, the Toronto city council voted unanimously to ban the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. Most of the adorable puppies and kittens you find in stores are from large-scale breeding operations, and these breeders continue to breed more and more animals while shelters and rescue groups continue to be overcrowded with dogs and cats in need of homes. According to CTV News, Councillor Glenn De Baeremaker’s proposed ban went before the council in May but it was postponed. He says that the new ban “slams the door closed on people who mass produce animals for profit” and will allow those who adopt pets to know they were “treated humanely and with love.”
Pet stores will be able to feature pets available for adoption through local rescue organizations, Toronto’s Animal Control Services or the Toronto Humane Society, according to Inside Toronto. Licensed breeders will continue to be able to sell at their own facilities, but not at pet stores. Baeremaker says, “The goal of this motion is to stop animal cruelty…We know we will never shut down puppy mills. But hopefully through this we can stop these fly-by-night operations.”
Richmond, B.C. also banned the pet store sales of dogs and cats last year, becoming the first Canadian city to do so.