Posts tagged animal control bylaws

Victoria, BC catching up with bunny bylaw, other cities close behind!

Victoria, BC, after years to controversy over the ubiquitous ‘UVic’ rabbits are finally catching up with Richmond and New Westminster to ban the sale of unsterilized rabbits in pet stores.  See the Vancouver Sun.  Luckily, while they are working on the bylaw, city councilors are looking at further animal welfare laws, including mandatory spay/neuter for cats, and other bylaws to protect animals. (Photo:  Jeanie the rabbit at the Richmond Animal Shelter).

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Trading breed specific legislation for bylaws that work

Richmond BC has breed specific legislation (BSL) to regulate (albeit unsuccessfully) what are termed dangerous dogs.  These dogs are identified only as bully breeds, and bylaws are not based in any fact or statistics about these breeds.  Obviously this puts restrictions on a large number of dogs and owners that have done nothing wrong, and ignores owners who have put their animals in inappropriate situations leading to animal aggression.

Luckily the Hugabull Advocacy and Rescue Society is hosting seminars for city councilors and animal control and shelter workers to learn about a successful alternative to BSL.  Please check out this wonderful event.

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They’re Breeding Like Pet Store Rabbits

I never miss an opportunity to talk to my friend Helen at the Richmond Animal Shelter.  During her days work, she encounters the best and the worst of animal owners.  This is one of her tales.

It was Tuesday afternoon, and Helen called me quite furious.  She has just received a call from a person who had purchased two rabbits — a male and a female — from a Richmond pet store.  The pair of rabbits proceeded to have lots of babies in less than 4 months, and the owners told Helen “these are not an easy pets!”.   The caller was careful to say that he had purchased the rabbits before the ban on the sale of rabbits, and that he had called the pet store and they refused to take the rabbits back.  Instead, this pet store told the rabbit owner to call the Richmond Animal Protection Society to surrender the rabbits.

Naturally, Helen was upset.  Helen and I, along with many other advocates had argued for the City of Richmond to ban the sale of rabbit because people kept buying them and either abandoning them to the park or surrendering them to the city shelter.  Pet store owners argued that they would “help out” people who wanted to give back their pets, but it now appears that was a disingenuous statement.  Instead, the pet store manager suggested they dump the rabbits at the local animal shelter.  Helen confronted the store manager on this issue, and the manager claimed they couldn’t sell the rabbits and so they couldn’t take them back.  “Well it’s a good thing we made you stop selling rabbits, isn’t it!” stated Helen.  The pet store manager had no reply.

It is, indeed, a good thing we banned rabbits, because now there are eight more rabbits homeless because of pet store sales in Richmond.  What did they think was going to happen when you sell a coupled pair of rabbits?  I hope those little rabbits find good homes.

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