Baltimore May Be the Next City to Ban Selling Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores

Baltimore May Be the Next City to Ban Selling Dogs and Cats in Pet Stores

The Baltimore City Council is considering banning all retail sales of cats and dogs in pet stores within the city.

Maryland state law already prohibits the vending of cats and dogs from illegal puppy mills, but allows pet stores to sell the animals from legal large-scale commercial breeding facilities. Though federally inspected, these facilities are likely no different from notoriously cruel puppy mills.

pets in cages

The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) has incredibly negligent standards regarding the treatment of dogs in breeding facilities, offering the animals minimal protection from abuse and cruelty.

Here are just a few examples of the lax AWA standards:

  • There is no limit to how many dogs are allowed in a facility, meaning a legal operation could cram thousands of dogs in.
  • Dogs may be kept in wire or mesh cages, stacked on top of one another, and are not required to be let out of their cages to relieve themselves. The cage is only required to be a measly six inches bigger than the dog itself — tail not included.
  • Dogs are only required to be removed from their cage to be bred. They may live all 24 hours per day in the cage otherwise.
  • Human interaction is not mandated, and there is no requirement for how many staff members a facility must have.
  • A dog may be killed if the facility no longer wants it.

These regulations are hardly regulations at all, permitting neglect, abuse, and terrible lives for dogs left in tiny cages in a disgusting, over-packed room, never to feel sunshine or experience companionship.

Legal or not, this is no way for any living being to exist.

While Baltimore doesn’t currently have any pet stores that sell cats and dogs, animal rights activists are hoping the new proposal makes its way to the state level, effectively destroying business from legal and illegal puppy mills within the state.

Under the new law, stores would be allowed to adopt out dogs from shelters and rescue groups. This would have an incredibly positive impact, as shelters in the United States are home to over 6.5 million cats and dogs. Each year, about 1.5 million perfectly adoptable animals are euthanized. Buying from a puppy mill or private breeder means contribution to overpopulation and the death of sweet, loving animals.

The meeting is set to commence on Monday, and if the law passes, Maryland’s homeless dogs and cats will have something wonderful to look forward to.

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  1. Teri J Wilson

    I hope this law passes in Baltimore and the rest of the country!

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  2. Anne

    I hope this Law passes poor Sweet animals

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  3. William N. Holsey

    Is true it would do two things first it would eliminate the puppy mills and secondly it would still provide pet stores with viable pets to sell the only difference is these pets would be morally obtained

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  4. Leanne

    Law makers should live in these cramped conditions and see how they it. The AWA needs to revamped. Buying from a shelter is the best as it can save an animals life.????????????????

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  5. sandra

    so nice to see them include cats for a change. so many articles and petitions talk like this only happens to dogs. I don’t understand why civilization isn’t civilized yet.

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  6. She and She

    I hope it happens soon so cruel for these cats and dogs to be crammed up in tiny cages.As stated follow California’s lead.

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  7. EB

    The Politicians that signed the AWA should be crammed into a cage stacked on top of each other and forced to stay in them 24 hours a day.

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  8. Jeanne Crabb

    GOOD FOR BALTIMORE……but, the entire of MD. needs to follow through and Ban the selling of Dogs / Cats in Pet Stores. Please, follow California’s lead and do this. California recently banned the selling of Dogs / Cats in Pet stores UNLESS they come from Animal Shelters. ALL states can do this. Come on, people, contact your state lawmakers and urge them to introduce legislation similar to California and BAN the sell of dogs/cats in Pet Stores UNLESS they come from the Animal Shelters. Our California Governor, Jerry Brown just recently signed the Bill into Law.

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