West Hollywood Bans Most Pet Store Puppy and Kitty Sales

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West Hollywood Bans Most Pet Store Puppy and Kitty Sales

From New York Bird Club

Animal welfare activists call it a major victory in animal rights after The West Hollywood City Council voted unanimously to approve new legislation that makes it illegal for pet stores within its city limits to profit from the sales of most puppies and kittens.

Under the ban, which takes effect later this year, pet stores will be permitted to offer animals from local shelters rather than those purchased from for-profit breeders.

That business model has been implemented in recent years by several L.A.-area pet stores, including Orange Bone, a Melrose Avenue shop.

This move is seen as a major victory by activists who see it as an early step in the fight to end the biting problem of puppy mills.

“This definitely calls for champagne,” said Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast director of the Companion Animal Protection Society. “We’re definitely taking this fight to Los Angeles. We want all of the stores citywide to go humane.”

The famously liberal-minded West Hollywood has been at the forefront of the animal protection movement for more than eight years.