Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Debate On Selling Pets In Toronto Stores Continues

A controversial cry to ban the selling of dogs and cats in Toronto’s pet stores should be thrown in the litter box, according to city officials.    Following more than 30 public submissions regarding alleged hazards of pet shops dealing in dogs and cats, Toronto’s licensing and standards committee will mull over the issue next Tuesday.
Dean Maher, who ran for Trinity-Spadina (Ward 20) in the last municipal election, is pushing for a ban. “My concern is for the overall emotional and behavioural issues that (affect) the animal,” said Maher. He added that a key for a potential buyer to knowing the temperament of a dog is to meet its parents, something buyers don’t get from pet stores.  “You essentially get an animal locked in a cage and that’s it,” he said.

Councillor Cesar Palacio, chairman of the licencing and standards committee,  said the submissions would be discussed, as well as the pros and cons of increased regulations and the beefing up inspections and strengthening of enforcement.  Read more at

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  1. This is not as obvious as some might think.

    The ones that really want this is the breeders, as they are able to get bigger fees. The real issue is not the conditions the pets are in, in pet stores (which is pretty good). The real issue is how they are sourced. If we had regulations mandating a paper trail for pet stores who sell cats and dogs, we could put an end to puppy mills.

    As for cats, we should sell them for $500, with $400 returned when they provide proof of fixing.

  2. Wow I really like that last sentence!

  3. I would bet a ban would increase pet adoptions and decrease euthanasia rates in the city. Maybe an option would be for pet stores to work with local animal rescues to offer customers rescued puppies needing homes instead of pups with more ambiguous backgrounds. That way people who are shelter-shy can shop for a pet in a boutique (and less sad) atmosphere and stores can still have the attention grabbing bundles of adorableness. Rescue animals are just as cute not to mention a sad story can do wonders.