The City of Vancouver unanimously moved to ban the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits in retail stores in December 2017. Now, the City of Surrey is following suit.
Surrey Council approved a ban on the retail sale of these pets in the evening on Monday, March 12th.
Most retail stores in Surrey no longer carry kittens and puppies; however, they do sell rabbits. In fact, abandoned rabbits put a huge strain on the SPCA’s resources.
‘Over 70 rabbits ended up in the Surrey Animal Resource Centre last year, with only three of them eventually being reunited with their original owners. There are currently 30 rabbits at the shelter,” reports Global News.
Not only are there a many rabbits in shelters, but feral rabbits are overtaking Surrey, too.
Banned in Surrey: Cats, Dogs, Rabbits Sales
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The ban officially takes place on June 1st, which allows a grace period for retailers to adjust. They will need to find homes or other safe arrangements for any animals that are already in their care. Also, the city will impose a $500 fine on any retailer selling one of the animals after that date.
New Westminster, Delta, and Richmond have already implemented these bans. The City of Victoria is considering the ban now, too.
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