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Beverly Hills Ban Means Pet Shops Can Only Sell Shelter Animals

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When it comes to trend-setting, few of us would argue that LA-LA-Land’s hub for the rich and famous- Beverly Hills – probably leads the pack. Home to famed Rodeo Drive (described as the “epicenter of luxury, fashion and lifestyle”) and multi-million dollar abodes, one would assume that designer breeds toted in designer bags are the accessory of choice. Well hold on to your Pucci for this news blast: it seems that the Beverly Hills City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits pet stores from selling commercially bred animals. And it passed unanimously!

Yes, the times they-are-a-changing and it was deemed that area pet stores may only offer cats, dogs, and rabbits that come from animal shelters and rescue groups. Effective next month, the import of animals from any other source (specifically puppy mills) has been outlawed.

Okay, so let’s be honest. The ultra-rich don’t typically hit the local pet store to pick their furry little friends and the ordinance does not ban internet sales or sales directly from breeders – meaning there is a work-around for those who are determined to avoid the shelter dog approach. Additionally, massive protests several years back shut down the last pet store that was drawing “stock” from less than credible sources.

So why the big woo-hoo? Because as any trend-setter knows, followers are key. And with Beverly Hills adding their name to a list of 80 other jurisdictions throughout North America, this type of initiative is going to make others sit up, take notice and want to be part of the “in” crowd.

Best Friends Animal Society’s puppy mill specialist Elizabeth Oreck worked closely with council members in this instance. She confirms that the goal is not only to curb sales but by getting the initiative passed in such a high-profile city, get folks around the world thinking critically about where their furry family members are coming from and to do what’s necessary to ensure puppy mills do not thrive.

For the first time in my life, the folks in Beverly Hills and I have something in common!


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