For all the animal lovers out there, Texas brings you all some good news. As you know across the U.S. the list of cities and states that are banning commercially bred pets is growing, and recently, Dallas has joined this list. Recently, the Dallas City Council had unanimously voted for the ban of the sale of cats and dogs in pet stores, which is a major win for animal welfare activists.
According to the Humane Society, in high volume breeding facilities, there are 500,000 dogs that live in inhumane conditions across the country and most often, in unsafe and cramped conditions. The recent decision takes everything another step closer in shutting down the existence of the aforesaid puppy mills. In an interview with CBS 10 News, a local Dallas News station, Karen Froechlich, who works with the SPCA of Texas, had this to say: “This ordinance will support dozens of local humane pet stores in Dallas that do not sell puppies but rather adopt puppies who desperately need loving families.”
The Humane Pet Store Ordinance was first proposed in 2021 by the Texas Humane Legislation Network, and it will go into effect this November. This gives the last pet store in Dallas which still sells live animals, Petland to adjust. In the same interview with CBS 10 News, Ed Jamison who is with Operation Kindness had this to say: “We’re proud to see that the city of Dallas is once again putting the interests of dogs and cats first.”
According to the organizers of Texas Humane Legislation Network, Dallas and 9 other Texan cities, and 400 more across the U.S. have currently banned pet stored from selling puppies and kittens. In recent years, more and more people have joined the movement in banning puppy mills, including the state of California, which was the first city to ban puppy mills in 2017. Even more recently, the city of New York has also passed a bill in 2021 to shut down the puppy mill pipeline. This is exactly the growing trend that we love, and which we support wholeheartedly.