According to a news story, “The city is moving ahead with a new bylaw to ban the sale of unsourced cats, dogs and rabbits in commercial pet stores. It would make Kingston only the third Ontario city to enact such a ban.”
Pet stores will be allowed to sell cats, dogs, and rabbits that are spayed/neutered and come from animal shelters and rescue groups.
Many animals sold in pet stores come from commercial breeding operations, also known as puppy mills. As more communities realize that purchasing animals from puppy mills is inhumane, more pet stores will support adoptions of animals from shelters and rescue groups. It’s a win for all the animals whose lives might otherwise have been lost.
Take Action: Residents of Kingston, contact your mayor and city council members and thank them for their actions. Residents of other communities, find out what plans your representatives have for protecting the animals in your community.