In an effort to focus on pet mills, yard breeders, and to scale back the huge quantity of animals euthanized in Atlanta shelters yearly, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed laws banning retail retailer gross sales of puppies and kittens.
A metropolis council committee unanimously voted to cross the invoice final October, permitting for a full council vote in November, when it was formally handed into regulation.
The invoice won’t influence licensed breeders, solely retail shops promoting puppies and kittens. The invoice, nevertheless, was principally preventative, as there are presently no recognized pet shops promoting canine or cats in metropolis limits. This prevents these varieties of companies from opening and giving enterprise to pet mills.
It’s onerous to think about, once you see an lovable, healthy-looking pet peering again at you thru the glass of your native pet retailer, the place that four-legged furball got here from. The reality is, virtually all puppies – 99% of them – bought in retail pet shops across the nation are the product of pet mills.
Pet mills are primarily a manufacturing unit for pumping out probably the most quantity of puppies, within the shortest quantity of time, with minimal expense. Which means, the breeders that run these pet mills have their females in a continuing cycle of being pregnant and start. The canine are given virtually no medical care. Dwelling circumstances are deplorable. These canine are often discovered crammed into tiny cages with different canine, standing and sleeping in feces and urine, their hair matted, pores and skin painfully itchy from fleas or ticks, ravenous and malnourished. Many canine are affected by respiratory infections, blindness, joint points, even life-threatening sicknesses which might be handed on to their puppies. Typically, these poor canine are left for weeks in cages with fellow canine which have died.
However the pet mill’s solely concern is revenue. They don’t look after the well being of their breeding inventory. They don’t look after the well being of the puppies which are produced. They don’t care the place their puppies find yourself – so long as they make a revenue.
The brand new regulation, and others prefer it across the nation, is a large step in the fitting path towards ultimately placing an finish to business mass breeding operations, also called pet and kitten mills, and finally saving numerous lives.
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