Praise City For Banning Sale of Commercially-Bred Animals in Pet Stores

Target: London Breed, President of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors

Goal: Praise San Francisco’s ban of selling non-rescue animals at pet stores.

San Francisco recently made the decision to ban the sale of non-rescue animals at all its pet stores. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on the topic and the city follows in the footsteps of fellow California city, Los Angeles.

The dogs and cats that are sold in pet stores typically come from puppy mills and other large-scale breeding operations. At these operations, animals are held in small, dirty cages. Disease spreads like wildfire due to the lack of sanitation, extremely close quarters and large number of animals. In addition, millions of rescue dogs and cats are put down each year due to the lack of homes and space in shelters. There is no point in purposely making more cats and dogs when countless lives are ended due to lack of resources.

Sign this petition to praise San Francisco for making this compassionate change.


Dear Ms. Breed,

Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of non-rescue animals in all of its pet stores. This is great news.

Dogs and cats that are sold in pet stores typically come from mass breeding operations like puppy mills. At these large scale operations, animals are typically held in small, dirty cages. Disease is common among the animals and spreads very quickly due to the overcrowding, extremely close quarters, and lack of sanitation. Stopping the sale of these animals means these operations will lose financial support which hopefully leads to fewer animals being forced into these horrible conditions. In addition, millions of animals are put down due to the lack of homes and space in shelters. This new ban will help lower that number.

Thank you for making this compassionate change. I can only hope more cities follow in your footsteps.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. It is about time humanity awakens to these comercial practices that bring so much pain and fear… if not death to the most innocent creatures… STOP!!!

  2. The most sensible decision I’ve ever heard! This practice needs to be rolled out worldwide!

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Ms. Breed, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, I would sincerely like to thank you for this wonderful news. We all have a obligation to help those who need it most even in the animal world.
    This will be a huge step to halt puppy/kitten mills and the unethical breeders.
    God bless all of you.

  4. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    YES, this is BRILLIANT idea! THANK YOU!!!

  5. Thank you for the huge step towards improving animal welfare.
    Keep the shovel out, there is another huge dog pile out in the yard.
    Craigslist is the nation’s #1 animal abuse facilitator. Craigslist continues to aid in the abuse and deaths of thousands of animals, through ‘free to good home’ postings and animal breeding sales.

    Removal of the Craigslist’s ‘Pets’ section will have an immediate impact on two major animal abuses.
    One, it will limit animal abusers’ access to a gold mine of free animals.
    And two, it would be shutting down one of the major distribution centers for puppy mills and backyard breeders – Craigslist.
    No longer able to sell on craigslist will help diminish pet overpopulation, and have a positive effect on reducing the number of abandoned animals in shelters or dumped on sides of roads or otherwise disposed.

  6. Teresa Mancuso says:

    Thank you for only allowing rescued pets to be available for purchase in your city stores. This will hopefully begin to slow or stop people from çontinuing puppy mills or over breading animals. Far too many animals die in high kill shelters!

  7. Excellent ! Needs to be nationwide !!!!!!

  8. REALLY REALLY GREAT NEWS! This city has set a milestone for what the future can look like!

  9. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😃

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