Mississauga City Council will introduce a city bylaw that will outlaw the sale of privately breed cats and dogs. This is the first step in trying to cut down on puppy mills. No outlets = no sales. Not surprisingly, pet store owners are upset.
Pet store owners at Wednesday’s meeting warned that the bylaw would force them out of business. They said all levels of government should go after the animal mills, not just store owners; that they only buy from reputable breeders; and that most mill animals are sold online, not at stores. (ed.: hahahaha) No statistics are available to verify that, city staff said.
Mississauga will be the third city in Canada to pass such a bylaw after Toronto and Richmond, BC. Maybe one day, someone in Montreal or Quebec City will have the cojones to sponsor a similar bylaw. As things now stand in Quebec, we’re #1:
Québec was named “the best province to be an animal abuser” in the 2011 annual report prepared by the U.S.-based Animal Legal Defence Fund.
Québec is also considered the puppy-mill capital of North America. Not something most of us are proud about. (I don’t shop at any pet stores in Quebec that sell animals.)