On Tuesday, December 12th, the City of Vancouver unanimously voted to end the sale of puppies, kittens, and rabbits in the city’s pet shops.
The decision was made after 2,000 people came out in support of an outright ban against the practice.
While New Westminster and Richmond have already prohibited the sale of dogs and cats in pet shops, Vancouver had yet to follow suit.
Vancouver Pet Shops
Now, the animal license bylaw in Vancouver pet shops will “prohibit the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in a pet store or other type of retail premises.”
Of course, this decision will not affect animals that are up for adoption at shelters; these animals are considered rescues and not bred for the purpose of sale.
While many people believe the ban is a step in the right direction, critics note that more animals should be included in the ban. Indeed, they argue animals such as gerbils, mice, and birds should be included.