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L.A. Ban Passes, Giving Shelter Animals Hope

Written by PETA | November 1, 2012

Update:

Great news! The Los Angeles City Council has passed the ban on selling dogs, cats, and rabbits from breeders and puppy mills in pet stores. Those stores will now be required to adopt out homeless animals from shelters instead.

This is a heaven-sent victory for homeless animals in the City of Angels—let’s hope it inspires more compassionate decisions across the country!

Originally posted August 13:

Los Angeles may soon take a huge stride toward reducing the number of homeless animals—the City Council is expected to vote soon on a measure that would ban pet stores from selling dogs, cats, and rabbits obtained from any source other than an animal shelter or rescue group. The proposed regulation has already been endorsed by the Los Angeles Times editorial board.

The Sun Is Setting on Breeding

PETA, at the forefront of efforts to curb animal homelessness and overpopulation—by offering low-cost to no-cost spaying and neutering, promoting adoption, and discouraging people from buying animals from breeders and pet stores—is understandably psyched about the possibility of the country’s second-largest city taking such a major step toward ending animal homelessness.

If the proposal passes, Los Angeles will join a growing number of cities that are showing that they’re serious about stopping the animal homelessness crisis—and the cruel puppy mills that fuel it—by putting laws in place to block animal sales in pet stores.


It’s standard practice for puppy mills to keep animals in cramped, crude, and filthy conditions without proper veterinary care or socialization.

What You Can Do

If you live in L.A., please politely ask your councilmembers to vote in favor of the proposed ordinance. And if you live elsewhere, urge your city council to pass a law to protect animals from the cruelty caused by their breeding.

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  • Louise says:

    We need to get rid of all those puppy mills, what a disgrace!!!! those poor helpless dogs…it just breaks my heart to see that..I just sit and cry all the time..wishing that I was rich to take each and everyone of those poor dogs and give them a home and care that they all need..The a-holes that run these puppy mills are the ones that belong in a small cage out in the weather with maggots in their food and another person in there with them to fight with them each and every time they want to eat…We just live in a very sad society…people with no heart!!!!! I could go on and on but I don’t have to..the video speaks for itself…

  • Adair Leonard says:

    I don’t understand why people who have authority don’t ban puppy mills, pet stores, and the sale of animals over the internet. In my opinion, there are far too many breeders also, which leads to too many homeless and euthanized animals. Animal cruelty needs to be taken more seriously by our lawmakers and stronger fines and punishments applied.

  • darla hill says:

    I can’t see breeding any animal at this point acceptable,until we find forever ,loving homes for the unwanted first and put an end to the killing of unwanted or loved pets.For every pet born,thats one less home for one already born into this world of cruelity.I believe efforts should be towards helping shelters for pets to change their living quarters and bring them together socializing,playing,sleeping together and not in cages. If pet stores are to sell, shelter pets,they should only be in cages most 2-3 hrs. daily.If we adopt a more positive inviorment for the pets and the people coming in contact together will be more positive all the way around. people for one will have a better idea if the pet will fit into their home,Etc

  • Tommy says:

    There is such a thing as responsible breeding. As an owner of two dogs that i purchased from a breeder with numerous AKC awards, I hope this law does not effect the lives of people the live and work for the sport of dog shows and responsible programs of purebred dogs. While i always recommend people adopt, I myself was fortunate to purchase my dogs from a breeder that over the years still stays in contact to ensure the livelihood of the dogs she allowed me to purchase years ago. Puppy Mills and people that bred dogs at home for extra money are the main reasons for the need of such drastic laws, however let’s remember that there are such things as responsible breeders that pride themselves on their dogs and offspring.

  • Marian Giesbers says:

    puppy mills should be ban all over the world. There are so many animals who needs a good and safe home. Don’t buy! Adopt!

  • susana says:

    :)love them

  • Annemieke marietta says:

    Stop the breeders & puppy mills everywhere!

  • amina says:

    I cant even finish the video..this is too much. Bless PETA and all the of the organizations who protects animals all over the world!

  • Abigail rakhlin says:

    thank you:-)

  • Sharon Woodard says:

    SHUT THESE AND ALL MILLS DOWN NOW !!!! GET THOSE DOGS TAKEN CARE OF NOW !!! THIS MAKES ME SO SICK !!! WE AS GOD’S CARE TAKERS MUST STOP THIS TO HELP THESE PRECIOUS ANIMALS !! THEY DO NOT DESERVE THIS TREATMENT!!!

  • Kathleen Crown says:

    Puppy Mills should be banned in every state!!! There are so many animals that need a loving home and the operators of these hell-holes are greedy and animal abusers. Our elected officials need to wake up and DO YOUR JOB!! How about donating your salary to help these animals!!!!!!

  • Jessica C says:

    This is absolutely disgraceful. There should be a very large penalty for such insane cruelty towards something so innocent. It’s like beating a child…

  • Monique Storrier says:

    These puppys need loving homes there is no need for them to be in a place so disgusting!!! All animals should be treated as us humand would like to be treated!! And that is with respect and love!!

  • Rosario María del Pilar Escobedo Gil says:

    NO MÁS MALTRATO ANIMAL, POR FAVOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lorelei Belle says:

    Well done LA! Let’s hope the laws pass and it’s the start for many other countries to do the same!

  • Wendy says:

    In support of banning the sales of animals from breeders. LA, doing the right thing.

  • tamilynn says:

    how can we stop michael vick from owning a dog or any animal i thot he was banned for life to have a dog or any animal but its only 2 or 3 yrs

  • Kelly says:

    Im from south Africa, where we have a huge puppy mill issue, there are so many here and our government is doing NOTHING about it. WELL DONE Los Angeles!!!

  • Janet says:

    Puppy mills should have NEVER been allowed by ANY state! There should not be any puppies allowed to be sold in pet stores AT ALL!!!! If they were to see the sad faces of those that are sentenced to death for lack of a home for whatever reason, if they had ANY heart, they would not breed anymore. People are stupid and they are swept in by sad faces at the pet stores thinking they are rescuing a puppy from the store when they just sentenced a pound puppy to certain death. PETLAND in KENNESAW, GA is one of the worst for selling puppy mill dogs! They shouldn’t be selling anything more than fish in my opinion.

  • Kim says:

    Thank you!!!

  • viki Eredia says:

    I just watched the video of puppy mills, I’m beyond sickend. Why in the world is this place going? Why is this allowed anywhere, this has got 2 stop

  • elizabeth says:

    This is wonderul news! I completely support this…hope this is just the beginning!

  • Wendy says:

    Breeders should have to be licensed like any other business and should be inspected regularly to ensure they comply with regulations and animal welfare laws, why are they allowed to be in business this way?

  • Amanda says:

    I’m not from California but I completely support this!

  • Deb Ellison says:

    Its about time everyone stopped the breeding of animals. There are thousands of animals that need loving forever homes. The puppy and cat mills are the worst and all should be shut down with maximum fines and prison sentences. On second thought, use puppy/cat mill and dog fighting offenders for labratory testing instead of animals. They deserve it.

  • DM86 says:

    THIS IS GREAT NEWS THANKS A LOT PETA FOR STEPPING IN. AS A NATIVE LA RESIDENT IT BREAKS MY HEART EVERY TIME I SEE THE MULTIPLE OF STRAY DOGS WALKING LOOSELY IN THE STREETS HUNGRY, THIRSTY AND SCARED IS NOT FAIR FOR THEM, WE ALL NEED TO GET TOGETHER AND HELP PASS THIS LAW AND STOP EVERY PUPPY MILL FROM EVERY STATE AND PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS THEY ARE CARELESS HUMANS WHO ONLY CARE FOR MONEY WE NEED TO PASS A LAW THE PROHIBITS THE OVER BREEDING AND SELL OF ANIMALS AND HAVE SOME CONTROL THE REPRODUCTION OF ANIMALS JUST LIKE THEY DO AT Z00 WITH THE EXOTIC AND ENDANGERED ANIMALS. IF NO HUMAN DESERVES CRUELTY NEITHER AN ANIMAL OF ANY KIND. PLEASE THIS NEWS SHOULD BE KNOWN COMMERCIALIZE A LOT MORE TO GET THE WHOLE NATION ATTENTION THIS IS SERIOUS PROBLEM THAT MUST BE ADDRESSED MORE. YOU GOT MY VOTE FOR SURE!!

  • Jan says:

    No one should be allowed to breed animals…okay maybe a few that have to adhere to guidelines, strict searches, and a license with fees.

  • susanna says:

    This is horrible!! Prayers for all the animlas in need <3

  • Cornea Daniela says:

    Stop cruelty aganist sweet animals !

  • Lidia says:

    PLEASE, everyone band together to stop this…EVERYWHERE!!

  • Sara Bartolino says:

    I live in Montreal Canada and i`m sure like it is else where in the world, the spca of montreal had said to buy animals from them or any other shelter, but not my animal stores, because they encourage breeders that keep animals in horrible conditions. So i have encouraged the spca of Montreal and had adopted a miniature pincher 4 years ago. And i`m going back this week or the next to see who they have to adopt. And the mayor on Montreal put out a law to kill all pit bulls. I mean, i hope he gets bitten his b…s by one. No more horrible breeders!!!!!!

  • Marleen says:

    This is so unbelievable! How can anybody be so sad? It not whit words too expose the pain de dogs must suffer! I form Holland and also we have puppy mills, and I found that unbelievable! My mother bod or first dog Jessie from a certified breeder, but when I will get my own dog it will be a shelter dog! Just like my cat Diddl. I hope whit all my heart LA will pass this law!

  • teresa godich says:

    no animal should be in a cramped small cage.they deserve a happy healthy life

  • Shima says:

    It is horrible, stop buying from pet store or online. It has to be stop.

  • Natasha Bleu says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi. No to Animal Cruelty !!!

  • Anita Svensson Jensen says:

    This I must support!

  • Jean Capurro says:

    Nice Job LA! Please put this ordinance in place. The cruelty this ‘industry’ perpetuates is disturbing. No animal should ever have to live like this. Please also do something about the backyard breeders and doing something about spay/neuter programs. The amount of animals that are in shelters in your City and surrounding areas is shocking and so many of these seem to be attributed to people who should not have animals because they cannot/do not care for them or continue to breed and exploit them. I get updates every day from folks trying to save these animals and continue to contribute to their efforts for rescue. It is depressing to see the numbers and condition of these poor souls. What a poor commentary on society. Again, though, nice work in even moving to put an ordinance in place like this. Hopefully other cities follow.

  • anna kefalidou says:

    it makes me feel so sad.these dogs deserve a better life

  • CONTRA LA VENTA DE ANIMALES says:

    Vender perros tendría que estar prohibido por el mismo motivo por el que lo está vender niños. Por su capacidad de sufrir.

  • shawn mcclure says:

    THIS IS HORRIFIC!!! WOULD YOU LIKE TO LIVE LIKE THIS??? I DON’T THINK SO…SO, WHY WOULD YOU SUBJECT ANOTHER CREATURE TO CONDITIONS YOU YOURSELF WOULD NOT LIVE IN?!?!?! COME ON PEOPLE!!! WHERE IS THE HUMANITY??? OH, I FORGOT…PEOPLE THAT DO THINGS LIKE THIS ARE NOT HUMAN!!!

  • Renee Risser says:

    Please pass this law and become an example of a truly humane city. Puppy mills are horrible and certainly not humane. The people who run them are in it for the tax-free monies and care nothing about the poor creatures. This is a step forward to eliminating overpopulation. Thank you.

  • Sabina Wigo says:

    Sometimes good news! Stop with brutality on animals!!!!!!

  • saman asif says:

    stop all forms of cruelty to animals now! puppy mills are appalling, the stuff of sci fi horror stories when it concerns humans, why is it ok for animals?

  • Joy says:

    Adopt from a shelter. They come spayed and vaccinated for a very reasonable bargain. The animals may not be pedigree, but they’re still loving and loyal and guaranteed to bring you happiness. We have 4 rescues from our local shelter and we love ‘em to death. No laws have been passed out here in Ga, but I hope they do soon.

  • Kristyn says:

    No responsible breeder would ever sell their puppies to a pet store. This is a great way to curb puppy mills and help some homeless animals at the same time. Here in Phoenix Westcor didn’t renew the leases of any pet stores in their malls, and is instead using those spaces to house rescued cats and dogs for adoption. Hopefully this trend continues!

  • Kat lover says:

    I agree with Susan even though I live in London

  • Alena says:

    Good job LA! Pass that law!

  • chris t. says:

    Pet stores should be banned all together. But this would be good start, LA! Adopt!

  • susan goulet says:

    stop this nightmare for animals. they are are totally helpless in this

  • Gretel says:

    This is so sad. This must stop now!

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