Over a dozen cities in California including Los Angeles, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Chula Vista, and San Diego have adopted ordinances placing restrictions on the sale of animals from commercial breeders. The ban was created to stop the flow of puppy-mill puppies into those cities, which increases the number of dogs left languishing in shelters, effectively increasing the number of animals euthanized each year and costing cities money. Friends of Fire Mountain
Under a City of San Diego ordinance passed in July, no store can display, sell, deliver, offer for sale, auction or give away animal pets in the city. Existing pet stores, including San Diego Puppy, were given up to six months to stop those practices. While this was a big win for animals in the City of San Diego, people who care about the humane treatment of pets are concerned about the opening of puppy mills in areas of the county which do not have a similar ordinance.
Animal rights activists in Oceanside have recently been protesting the presence of puppy mills and will request that the Oceanside City Council adopt an ordinance that would ban these businesses.
The City of Oceanside will hear this issue on Wednesday September 25 beginning at 5 pm
Oceanside City Council Chambers
300 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA
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The following is an open letter to the Oceanside Mayor and City Council, in support of an ordinance.
People almost universally agree with the Ghandi quote “You can judge a society by how it treats its animals”but now is the time our convictions are being put to the test. Please vote to ban retail puppy sales of animals raised in puppy mills in the City of Oceanside and thereby end the suffering of the captive mothers and puppies in unsanitary and uncaring, profit-first environments.
We put an end to this travesty here in San Diego, but that has just pushed these operations out to other cities such as Oceanside. A state wide law seems merited but also unachievable in any reasonable time frame. Please end the suffering in Oceanside by banning the retail sales of animals from puppy mills on Wednesday’s vote.
If we remain silent and harbor these dens of suffering and disease, we are hardening our hearts to the other disadvantaged members of our society such as the poor and homeless. Banning the puppy mills is a simple, easy step to creating the society we want to have for ourselves and our children.
Robert & Marilyn Kingsley
Efforts are also underway to protest the passage of an ordinance. Supporters are asked to arrive early.
doug williams says
I would love to see some real proof that the sale of puppies at pet stores leaves dogs languishing in shelters.. there is no real correlation . If people want a shelter dog they will go to the shelter to get one.. if they want a pets tore dog they will go tot he pet sorte to get on even if they have to drive .. leaving San Diego with less tax money and less business.
As for Gandhi what a joke. Have you ever been to India.. ever seen how that treat their animals.. even worse is how they treat their people.. India is still steeped in the caste system ( which Gandhi supported by the way) perhaps the quote would be better saying a society is judged by how it treats its PEOPLE.. a county that still has people called “untouchables’ and a person who supported this travesty should not be held up as any example of “goodness”. If you are worried about suffering in Oceanside try giving some food to the food bank..
doug williams says
voted down in Oceanside 3-2.. Good for them!
H. Houston says
First the study was done by people who wish to end the concept of pet ownership. Secondly the USDA guidelines that these animal rights people run demand that puppies be kept separate from their own mothers, all other animals and their own species in isolation. They cannot be raised in the home to adjust to life with human beings. This is the way that animal rights organizations who have taken over the USDA (Sarah Conant who use to work for HSUS now runs the USDA demands isolation even for singleton puppies. So how can you expect these puppies to compete with home raised animals. So these ugly evil animal rights cults are stomping on your right to own a pet and to raise your pet in your home. They are banning pet shops to stop all breeding of dogs and cats not to protect animals. They have announced that their goal is to ban all use of animals as pets, for food and for all medical research. Anyone who supports or gives money to HSUS, PeTA or any of these groups is pushing for the end of pets in the home.
Doug Porter says
The lies being pushed by the Puppy Mill promoters are just too egregious not to be answered. Folks these are the people who hired spinmeister Rick Berman (“Mercury is perfectly safe for pregnant women” ) to take out an ad in the New York Times calling the Humane Society “Terrorists”.
Here’s a whole page of articles about who the Puppy Mill types are and what they do:
Animal Lover says
I do hope that you’re all aware that there is NO SUCH legal entity as a puppy mill. There’s no legal definition. Just what the ARses want to call one.
And – by the way – IF there are so many animals in the shelters in the states, then please explain WHY so many rescue groups are importing dogs from Mexico, China, Russia, Japan, and the list goes on. These street dogs are no breed AND have many health problems, including diseases like rabies.