North Miami Beach Votes to Ban Sale of Commercially Bred Pets in Stores

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Courtesy of Jeanne Dykstra
Last night, North Miami Beach council numbers officially put their paws down against selling pets in stores.

Officials approved an ordinance to ban the sale of commercially bred animals in the city, which means no offering up breeding mill-born dogs, cats, ferrets, gerbils, hamsters or rabbits.

The ban follows similar decisions in several other South Florida cities, including Hallandale Beach, Margate, and Lauderdale Lakes.

See also: Animal Agriculture Is Destroying the Planet

The ordinance, 2014-3, is designed to protect both animals and consumers. Consumers, proponents say, will be protected from purchasing sick animals or those with genetic defects from breeding issues. And animals, for obvious reasons, will be protected from harmful practices at puppy mills and other loosely regulated businesses that breed animals for sale.

Both retail sales of such pets and the pet mills themselves are prohibited within city limits.

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The language of the ordinance cites unsanitary and inhumane "pet mills", HSUS stats on commercially-bred animals and animal cruelty, among other explanations and statistics.

The ordinance also reads, "The City Council believes that eliminating the retail sale of dogs and cats in pet stores in the City will promote community awareness of animal welfare and, in turn, will foster a more humane environment as well as encourage pet consumers to adopt dogs and cats from shelters, thereby saving animals' lives and reducing the cost to the public of sheltering animals."

Adopt, don't shop, folks!

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Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

Breeding them leaves a bunch of neglected pets that can't even be introduced into the wild, because they are so domesticated.

Curious
Curious

How many places were actually selling commercially-bred animals in the city in the first place?  Does this really affect anyone or was it just to feel good?

Lisa Leif
Lisa Leif

good! you can't buy man's best friend adopt animals that already know how to love and need it more

Marcia Gail Cooke
Marcia Gail Cooke

How many gerbils are we euthanizing every year in Miami Dade county?

Ana Pareja
Ana Pareja

Great news! Hopefully others will follow.

Justin Kindler
Justin Kindler

Awesome. There are more than enough stray cats for decades.

Daniela Bianchi
Daniela Bianchi

I love animals, and I also volunteer for several rescues- local shelter so yeah! any news regarding animals well being will make me very happy..

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

For the smaller pets like fish, hamsters, gerbils and such, this seems like a stupidly restrictive ordinance. But then, these are the same morons who approved 15-story skyscrapers right next to Greynolds Park, so...

Daniela Bianchi
Daniela Bianchi

Everytime you buy a puppy a shelter dog is euthanized, dont shop!!! adopt.

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I would not call a 15-story building "a skyscraper."


Not these days anyway. 

This is the 21st century.

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