How Much for that Doggy in the Window?
AIRED FEB. 7, 2013 ON KCET
Los Angeles now joins a growing number of cities banning the sale of puppies, kittens and rabbits from commercial breeders in pet stores. Beginning in June 2013 stores will only be allowed to sell animals that come from shelters or rescues. The idea is two-fold - reduce the number of adoptable animals killed each year in the city's overcrowded shelters, while also helping to put puppy mills out of the business, by cutting down on the demand for puppies that come from large-scale breeders. Animal rights activists applauded the move, while pet store owners say their civil rights are being violated. Watch Jennifer's story and you decide.
This adorable puppy is for sale at Puppy and Me Pet Store in Sherman Oaks CA. The owner says they do not get their dogs from puppy mills, but animal rights groups say no responsible breeder would ever sell their dogs to a pet store.
Interviewing Evelyn Mazor at Puppy and Me Pet Store. Her family has run the business for seven years and for the past five years it has been the subject of protests for allegedly selling dogs from puppy mills. She says her family will be forced out of business if they comply with LA's new city ordinance. (above)
Sit. Stay. Good dog. Rudolph waits patiently for a new owner. When we were filming he had been at the shelter for a few weeks. But good news for Rudolph because he's at the Best Friends Animal Society shelter in Mission Hills which is no-kill shelter. Animals will stay here until their find their 'forever' home.
Cats and rabbits are also included in the new ordinance because according to Best Friends Animal Society those are the animals that are dying in the greatest numbers each year. In 2011, more than 13,000 cats were euthanized in LA City shelters. (above)
Elizabeth Oreck is in charge of the Puppy Mills Initiative with Best Friends Animal Society. She says they look at puppies coming from puppy mills as the blood diamond of the animal word, and if people really knew where pet store animals were coming from, she thinks, they would think twice about supporting that industry through their consumer choices. (above)
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