In an attempt to diminish the amount of pets raised in horrible puppy mills, city officials in Las Vegas are working on a bill that would ban pet shops from selling any cats or dogs that didn’t come from a rescue or a shelter. If this bill passes, every pet purchased inside the city is guaranteed to have been a rescue. And this is a big deal.
Why This Is A Big Deal
This bill can affect the way pets are adopted in two major ways.
- Every pet purchased is in dire need of a home.
- The puppy mill industry will lose major business.
Previously, pets found in pet stores were often bred just so they could be shipped off to a pet store and sold. Meanwhile, perfectly good pets were languishing in shelters right around the corner. They languished because those shelters don’t have big window box displays or locations in nearby malls like the competing pet stores.
Basically, people would purchase these pet store pets out of convenience, not even aware that in doing so they were directly supporting a malicious industry and preventing an abandoned dog from getting the home they deserve.
Thanks to this bill, all those mall storefronts and bright displays are going to be filled with bonafide shelter dogs, ensuring that every dog purchased is one that needed a home from the start, and not one that was bred just to make a sale.
While Las Vegas should be heralded for taking this leap, they are no pioneers. In fact, Phoenix passed a similar bill a few years back. What’s more, the Phoenix law was even challenged and upheld in federal court, giving the law that much more credence.
All of this is to say that, while the bill has not yet been formally passed into law, in all likelihood it will be official before long. Furthermore, if the law works as proposed in both raising shelter adoption rates and undercutting puppy mill sales, more cities will likely be adopting this policy. Before long, puppy mills will become a thing of the past.