LA City Council Morons Strike Again: Time To Kill Pet Stores!
Yes, now the LA City Council has come up with a "kill policy" for pet stores, voting 12-2 to approve an ordinance to make Los Angeles the first city in America to ban pet stores from selling non-rescue animals -- in other words, dogs, cats, and rabbits obtained from commercial breeders. From the LAT:
The ordinance, which the City Council voted 12-2 to approve, targets puppy mills and is designed to cut down on the tens of thousands of animals euthanized each year in city shelters.
Under the law, individuals will still be allowed to buy directly from breeders, and pet stores will be allowed to sell animals that come from shelters, humane societies and registered rescue groups. Stores found to be selling animals from breeders may face misdemeanor charges and a first-time penalty of $250.
Animal rights activists hailed L.A.'s approval of the ban as a signal to other large cities to follow suit. Irvine, Hermosa Beach and West Hollywood are among the more than 30 cities across the United States and Canada that have passed similar measures in recent years, according to Elizabeth Oreck, who has been leading the legislative effort on behalf of Best Friends Animal Society.
L.A.'s ban also sends a message, she said, to breeders who frequently cut corners to keep costs low at the expense of the animals.
"They're inbred, they're overbred, they're irresponsibly bred," Oreck said.
But pet shop owners complained the ordinance is misguided and unfair.
"It's just making us suffer," said Candice Ro, whose family has been selling small dogs, including Yorkshire Terriers and English Bulldogs, at its Koreatown pet shop for 11 years.
...The ban was championed by Councilman Paul Koretz, a longtime supporter of animal rights who said lawmakers have a duty to stick up for animals who "cannot speak for themselves."
Lawmakers have gotten in the habit of sticking their greasy fingers into our lives every orifice and it's time they got back to what their job should be -- keeping the peace, filling the potholes, and seeing that our civil liberties aren't violated.
And in the comments, let's talk about all the ways this ridiculous ordinance will backfire.