Advocacy Information: Connecting Paws

On Nov. 8th, the Richmond City Council adopted a bylaw amendment to ban the sale of dogs and puppies in Richmond pet stores.  The ban will go into effect on April 30, 2011.  This is the first ban on the retail sale of animals in Canada.  But it won’t be the last.

Many other cities are pursuing or hoping to pursue legislation to ban or restrict animal sales or breeding. For decades, animal welfare advocates and city taxpayers have been paying the costs of indiscriminate breeding and sales of animals of all types — dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles and hamsters.  As progress is made in one city, let’s help other places bring change to their communities. This is the premise behind our campaign:  “Connecting Paws Across North America.”

Following is a collection of documents and links to help advocates research their cause.  If you have a link or information that you feel should be added to this page, please email at ‘christielagally’ at ‘gmail’ dot ‘com’.

Links regarding bans in other cities:

BC Supreme Court decision


Richmond, BC:  GP Committee Mtg. Oct. 4th, 2010

West Hollywood, CA:  City Council Meeting, Feb. 2010
South Lake Tahoe, CA:  Bans sale of dogs and cats

Links to find the sources of animals:

Database of puppy-mill investigations by the Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS)

USDA database of inspection reports for ‘licensed’ dog breeders.  Note that most licensed dog breeders will have inspection reports with detailed explanations of the conditions in the puppy-mill.  This does not mean these conditions have been corrected or changed.  It means it exists. 

Check at American Kennel Club registration number (for dogs who have been inappropriately sold at pet stores)

Documents on retail sales:

Legislation in Place to Ban Animal Sales by the BC SPCA

UNDER CONSTRUCTION>>>more to come…


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