Target: Mayor Mary Lou Berger, Palm Beach County District 5 County Commissioner
Goal: Fight puppy and kitten mills and encourage the adoption of shelter animals by banning the sale of dogs and cats in new pet stores.
The board of county commissioners in Palm Beach County, Florida, are considering a new ordinance that would ban the sale of dogs and cats at any new pet stores in the county. The ordinance is part of an effort to phase out puppy and kitten mills and to encourage the adoption of shelter animals who are in desperate need of homes. Urge the board to pass the ordinance to save the lives of cats and dogs in Palm Beach County.
If passed, the ordinance would take effect this year and would still allow pet stores to sell supplies or other types of animals. Although existing pet stores would still be allowed to sell dogs and cats, this is still a huge step in the right direction for animal welfare and could pave the way for a full-on ban in the future.
Banning new pet stores from selling dogs and cats would prevent pet overpopulation by deterring breeders who are bringing more animals into the world for the sake of profit when there are thousands of animals in shelters who need homes. According to Dianne Sauve, director of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, about 1,500 dogs and 3,000 cats are euthanized every year in Palm Beach County’s animal shelter.
The ban would also prevent animal cruelty brought on by puppy and kitten mills who often supply pet stores. Some cities in Palm Beach County have already banned the sale of dogs and cats in full because they feel that inspections of breeding facilities are not sufficient enough to shut down bad breeders.
Urge the board of county commissioners in Palm Beach County to protect the lives of thousands of cats and dogs and fight breeders who contribute to animal cruelty by passing this ordinance.
Dear Mayor Berger,
You and the rest of the board of county commissioners in Palm Beach County are considering an ordinance that would ban the sale of dogs and cats in new pet stores. The ban from this ordinance prevents pet overpopulation by encouraging the adoption of shelter animals. When thousands of cats and dogs are unnecessarily put down in the county shelter, this issue simply cannot be ignored.
The ban would also prevent animal cruelty brought on by these breeders who run puppy and kitten mills with horrible conditions in order to sell these innocent animals to pet stores. I urge you and the board to pass this ordinance and save the lives of thousands of animals in Palm Beach County.
[Your Name Here]
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