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Vancouver Banning Sales Of Dogs, Cats, Rabbits In Pet Stores

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The City of Vancouver is following in the footsteps of Richmond and New Westminster, by banning the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores.

City Council approved a motion to ban the sale of pets in retail outlets in a meeting on June 28th.

It’s been a controversial topic for a long time, because of commercial breeding facilities raising animals in an inhumane way. The motion mentions how animals bred in these conditions typically suffer from disease, physical, emotional and behavioral problems as a result.

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The goal is to promote more reputable breeders and adoption shelters by banning pet stores the city completely. The decision was made after many people reached out to the City and requested they take action.

The City of Richmond passed bylaws restricting the sale of dogs in 2010, and rabbits in 2009. The City of New Westminster passed a bylaw restricting the sale of cats, dogs, and rabbits back in 2012.

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