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San Francisco Pet Stores Can Now Only Sell Rescue Animals

On Tuesday legislation was unanimously passed that made it a requirement for San Francisco pet stores to only sell rescue animals.

The move was made to combat “puppy mills” and help shelter animals find homes.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors, under a proposal from District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang, unanimously voted to amend the city’s health code on Tuesday. The new rules will only allow the sale of dogs and cats from animal rescue groups or shelters at pet stores, and ban the sale of animals younger than 8 weeks old.

“We really do believe that it will send a great message not just in San Francisco but across California, nationwide and hopefully worldwide,” Tang said at a board meeting. – Huffington Post

HAWTHORNE, CA - JULY 16:  A cat sits in its crate before the southern California maiden voyage of Pet Airways on July 16, 2009 in the Los Angeles-area city of Hawthorne, California. The new pets-only airline will make stops in Denver, Chicago, Washington, DC and New York. Pet Airways, based in Delray Beach, Florida, is operating a 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft in partnership with Suburban Air Freight with the seats removed to carry up to 50 pets in animal crates per flight. Despite economic hard times for most U.S. businesses, the airline expects to add service to Boston later this year and expand into 25 cities within two years.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images.

HAWTHORNE, CA – JULY 16: A cat sits in its crate before the southern California maiden voyage of Pet Airways on July 16, 2009 in the Los Angeles-area city of Hawthorne, California. The new pets-only airline will make stops in Denver, Chicago, Washington, DC and New York. Pet Airways, based in Delray Beach, Florida, is operating a 19-passenger Beech 1900 aircraft in partnership with Suburban Air Freight with the seats removed to carry up to 50 pets in animal crates per flight. Despite economic hard times for most U.S. businesses, the airline expects to add service to Boston later this year and expand into 25 cities within two years. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images.

SF residents will still be able to purchase animals directly from “responsible breeders” and from breed-specific rescues. The goal of this legislation is to “bring attention to and halt the inhumane and deceptive practices of large-scale breeding operations that supply animals to pet stores and directly to consumers online.” – SF Examiner

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