West Hollywood, California (January 28, 2010) – This just in: West Hollywood may ban the sale of dogs and cats next week.
City Council member Jeffrey Prang made the first announcement yesterday, a brief mention in the prospective City Council agenda for Feb. 1; Carole Davis of Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) confirmed for WeHo News late on Thursday that the item would be on the agenda.
Ms. Davis said, “CAPS assisted the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the City of West Hollywood in drafting the ordinance, as well as providing evidence,” sufficient to cause City Council to act.
Resident Ed Buck, Director of Social Compassion in Legislation and a Golden Retriever rescue volunteer, said of the proposed bill, “could be the beginning of the end of puppy mills and it’s happening in West Hollywood, one of the most progressive cities on animal welfare issues.”
The ordinance stems from an investigation of a West Hollywood pet store, Elite Animals near Hancock and Santa Monica Boulevard, which uncovered evidence they allegedly sold puppy mill dogs.
Additionally, the retailer was also allegedly breaking federal law by importing animals for resale.
Elite Animals has since stopped its offending business practices, said Ms. Davis, but she and other concerned citizens wanted to make a statement about animal rights using West Hollywood’s considerable megaphone.
West Hollywood’s pioneering bill banning cat de-clawing caught on like wildfire, especially last year as cities’ ability to ban the practice hit a deadline of banning it by 2010 or allowing it forevermore.
Ms. Davis said, “West Hollywood’s City Council has shown great leadership, wise judgment and compassion,” in taking that action and, “by considering an ordinance banning the sale of cats and dogs in our city’s pet stores [may]… save countless shelter animals’ lives locally and will send a strong message to abusive commercial breeders all over the nation.”