South Pasadena Bans Sale of Dogs, Cats, and Rabbits

Published by PETA.

South Pasadena, California, took decisive action to stop animal suffering and reduce the population of homeless animals when the city council unanimously passed an ordinance banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores.


The vote followed appeals by the South Pasadena Animal Commission, local rescue group The Dog Rescuers, local residents, and PETA representatives.

PETA is sending rabbit-shaped vegan chocolates to the mayor, city council members, and South Pasadena Police Capt. Mike Neff, who was instrumental in putting forth the ordinance.

PETA hopes the city’s progressive example will inspire others across the country to ban the sale of animals in pet stores.

Every year, more than 6 million dogs and cats end up in U.S. animal shelters, and half of them are euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them. Countless more end up on the street, where they may starve, freeze, get hit by cars, or endure abuse.

Pet stores obtain animals from breeding mills, where animals are denied socialization, exercise, and veterinary care. Mother animals spend lonely lives inside miserable cages, producing litter after litter like breeding machines. Once their bodies wear out and they’re no longer profitable, they’re killed or abandoned.

What You Can Do

Always adopt from local animal shelters and never buy from breeders or pet stores, which only exacerbate the homeless-animal overpopulation crisis.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind