Texas, then the World

Just taking a quick moment to update on recent happenings within the subject of pet sale bans:  Austin, Texas, with a 7-0 vote today has become the latest city to pass such a ban.

The ban prohibits the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores, as well as other public areas, with exceptions for rescue organizations and regulated “pet traders” (otherwise known as breeders) who sell more than 15 dogs or cats in a year.  It also adds further requirements for pet traders, such as the provision of microchipping or any relevant spay/neuter information.

While this sounds like a big step, the proposed ordinance actually largely just amends ones already in place in Austin – aside from the addition of a complete retail ban – making regulation of pet traders more efficient and enforceable, and imposes penalties for violators.

As it turns out, Austin is already rid of stores selling companion animals; PetLand, the last store standing, closed earlier this year.

And the ultimate goal of Austin’s city council in enacting this legislation?

“Promote responsible pet ownership to reduce animal homelessness and decrease shelter intake per 100,000 population from 2,164 to 1,384 by 2012.”

For those who like math, they’re looking at a 37% decrease over the next year or so.

So, apologies to all who are sick of hearing me say it but:  Calgary should be next!

I mean, c’mon.  Even the capital of America’s most proud, freedom loving state has prohibited retail pet sales.

Retail pet sales have been put in the dog house in Austin, TX