San Francisco considers banning the sale of all pets

LA Times:

San Francisco considers banning the sale of all pets

The first vision was simple and straightforward: To curtail puppy mills and kitten factories, the sale of cats and dogs should be banned in San Francisco, where the loving guardians of animal companions come to regular blows — politically — with the loving parents of children.

The ban was put on hold last year after animal advocates broadened it to include anything with fur or feathers. Now it’s back, with a new name and a new strategy: More is more. The Humane Pet Acquisition Proposal is on its way to the Board of Supervisors, and it hopes to protect everything from Great Danes to goldfish.

Yes, goldfish. And guppies, gobies, gouramies, glowlight tetras, German blue rams. No fish, no fowl, no reptiles, no amphibians, no cats, no dogs, no gerbils, no rats. If it flies, crawls, runs, swims or slithers, you would not be able to buy it in the city named for the patron saint of animals. [odd that the Times should even mention that]

Representatives of the $45-billion to $50-billion-a-year pet industry call the San Francisco proposal “by far the most radical ban we’ve seen” nationwide and argue that it would force small operators to close. Animal activists say it will save small but important lives, along with taxpayer money, and end needless suffering.

Where to start?
A rise in taxes on pet sales or licensing fees to care for abandoned animals I could see.
Requiring all pets be spayed/neutered before sale – extreme, but . . . maybe. I see lots of feral cats around where I work.

But a BAN. On all pets? Puh-leeze!

Are the pets circumcised? Do the pets eat happy meals?

I’m interested to see where this goes.

[FONT=Georgia][size=3]A rise in taxes on pet sales or licensing fees to care for abandoned animals I could see.
Requiring all pets be spayed/neutered before sale – extreme, but . . . maybe. I see lots of feral cats around where I work.

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I was discussing this with a former co-worker and wondred if the above suggestions would work, specifically licensing fees and mandatory spay/neuter (also known as speutering in my circle).

Can you folks just saw off San Francisco and nudge it out into the Pacific where they all could pretend they are Atlanteans or I guess Pacificans so they won’t irritate the rest of us?

:clapping::clapping::clapping:

Well of course the people there make some of us in Florida seem sane. :smiley:

Is it still ok to step on bugs?

I don’t think it bans the adoption of pets.

No, brown recluses have the right to bite you and kill you.

Ain’t you glad we live in Kansas, Jim?

Should Catholic San Franciscans suggest sawing off your city, too? :eek:
Or do you just assume that you could not possibly have anything in common with your Catholic brothers and sisters who live there?

:hmmm:

Just checking.

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