In what is being hailed as a major victory for the humane treatment of animals, the Chicago City Council has passed a new ordinance banning the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits acquired from for-profit breeders.
Under the new ban, pet stores will only be allowed to sell animal that have been rescued from shelters and humane adoption centers.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who sponsored the measure, says that the ban will help put an end to the mistreatment of animals commoditized in puppy mills, while at the same time improving the chances for countless unwanted pets languishing in the city's animal shelters.
"By banning the sales of dogs, cats and rabbits, we can cut the pipeline of animals coming from the horrendous puppy mill industry," Mendoza tells Chicago Now. "It moves us towards a retail pet sales model that focuses on adopting out the many, many homeless animals in need of loving homes in this city."
Dozens of cities across the U.S., including Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, and Phoenix, have already passed similar measures outlawing the sale of pets from large-scale breeding operations where animals are often kept in squalid, cramped conditions and forced to produce offspring repeatedly through the duration of their lives.