From the Examiner.com (Los Angeles CA) by Melissa Maroff, San Fernando Valley Pet Rescue Examiner - LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz announced a historic motion Friday to ban the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbits within Los Angeles city limits. The proposal states that "pet shops selling live animals have traditionally been an outlet for 'puppy mills' and 'kitten mills,' where hundreds of thousands of puppies and kittens are bred annually under a variety of abuses, from straightforward cruelty to inbreeding."
During the press conference at LA Animal Services' East Valley Shelter in Van Nuys, attended by Jim Bickhart, senior deputy for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Judie Mancuso, president of Social Compassion in Legislation, a nonprofit organization working to redÎ pet overpopulation, Koretz said emphatically, "There's no question; this is a serious problem. We hope eventually to get to No Kill, but this is a step in the right direction."
The motion also calls for the creation of a program, which would involve LAAS working with licensed pet stores to make shelter animals available for adoption on a regular basis and meet specified humane requirements.
"Paul Koretz has always taken leadership on these types of issues and is pushing for legislation that is long overdue," stated Jeff Ebenstein, Valley field deputy to the councilmember. Ebenstein said the slogan "Humane LA" encapsulates what the campaign is all about.
"This new proposal, at its core, simply states that cruel treatment of pets solely for profit has no place in our city, especially when our shelters are already overflowing with loving companion animals," Mancuso told the gathering. "High volume breeders are not only reprehensible because of their inhumane treatment of animals; they are large contributors to the pet overpopulation crisis," which she pointed out has already saturated the city with tens of thousands of additional dogs, cats and rabbits, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
Should this legislation pass, the nation's second largest city (among the largest purchasers of pet store puppies) would join other cities that already have similar bans in place -- a momentous step in the fight against puppy and kitten mills.