San Francisco Proposes Ban on Pet Sales
|Soon to be off-limits in the city? The cat, that is.|
The resolution banning the sale of all pets in the city save for fish that is coming up for a vote tonight with the city's Commission of Animal Control and Welfare -- we've got one of those -- seems to have all the necessary components of being The Next Thing Out-Of-Towners Use To Compare San Francisco To A Totalitarian State. Well-meaning, obscure commissions? Check. Dubious execution? Check. Extreme heavy handedness? Check. An apparent disregard for independent businesses? Double-check.
This law -- which, mind you, would still need to be voted into reality by the Board of Supervisors, which is not an imminent possibility -- would affect the sale of just about every pet under the sun except fish. Yet, according to the animal shelter professionals quoted in today's Chronicle article, the real problem animals aren't dogs or cats but critters such as hamsters, which are often inexpensive impulse buys that face euthanization in area shelters.
|Sorry for making so many problems, San Francisco...|
Or, if a fee isn't to your liking, how about a mandatory waiting period before buying a pet? You could call it the hamster Brady Bill.
We'll check in today with shelter and animal professionals to gauge what they think about the proposed pet ban. More when we know more.
Update: See "San Francisco Pet Ban Makes Sense to Animal Control Officials."
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