Tuscon Ban on Pet Sales, Not Good


Zealotry Makes Bad Public Policy; Proposed Tucson Retail Puppy Sale Ban Ridiculous

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 9:32 am

Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik loves dogs and is an ardent supporter of animal shelters and a champion of pet sterilization to reduce the unwanted pet population. Bully for him. Noble causes, both. But his passion borders on zealotry and he’s been prompted by a legion of animal welfare fanatics to propose a city ordinance that will ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in Tucson unless they come from animal shelters.

The City Council in a 6-1 vote Tuesday directed the city attorney to draft such an ordinance. If passed, the law will drive at least four Tucson puppy sellers out of business, one of which has been in business in Tucson for 25 years and another for 17 years. Is that what voters elected Kozachik and the other council members to do – to pass laws that drive out businesses that offend their sensibilities? Certainly not.  Animal welfare, especially when it comes to dogs and cats, is a sensitive and emotional issue. All but the most hard-hearted are horrified and repelled by animal abuse and mistreatment. It’s wrong and is rightly prohibited by state law.

None of the stores selling dogs and cats in Tucson have been accused of mistreating or abusing the animals they have for sale and all go to great lengths to ensure they are selling healthy animals. If they sold sickly puppies that died soon after purchase or were plagued with congenital defects or health problems, they would soon be out of business as no one wants to spend $1,000 for a sick dog.  Moreover, if those stores were abusing or mistreating their animals, either the state, county or city would be well within their powers to close those businesses down and seize the animals. But that’s not the issue. The animals at those stores are fine.

Instead, Kozachik, the local and national Humane Societies and an army of shelter supporters don’t like where the dogs come from.  At least one store, Animal Kingdom at the Tucson Mall, purchases pedigree dogs from commercial brokers in other states. The Humane Society and others have dubbed those operations puppy mills and they want them eradicated. Some commercial breeders are a kennel of horrors. Many are not.

Pet sale ban promoters have convinced themselves that by ending retail pet sales in Tucson they can somehow have an effect on reducing the thousands of unwanted dogs and cats received in the metro region’s several dozen animal shelters annually.**
Moreover, if they can continue to convince cities across the country to pass similar bans, as about 40 already have, including Phoenix, it will somehow drive the “commercial” puppy breeding industry out of business.
Neither will happen…..

PD:   This is correct. WHAT will happen is what has been happening for 10 years— customers will try and obtain dogs from “rescues” and shelters which means unless they can sell a decent puppy, not everyone will be able to obtain a puppy, period.  This leaves other markets open, which is exactly what ARs do not want, but this will be the result. The result will drive up the prices of any decent pups, and then HSUS and ARs will move to curtail sales/breeding all over again. Banning sales of animals that ARs don’t want reminds us too much of  discrimination, segregation, and elitist attitudes that cater to a lifestyle of my morals are better than yours?

** ARs do not actually “believe” that eliminating the sales of such animals will change the shelter’s “homeless” population or sales……..in fact, ARs know that buying puppies is simply too much competition for shelter animals, and want to cut out the sales, period, to indoctrinate the populace to “think” they must do the right thing, by taking something they don’t really want. If I wanted to have my own child but did not want to adopt a child, could I be forced to adopt one?  Of course not. We are not even allowed to force people to buy healthcare. So just because ARs say you MUST only sell shelter animals, can they really legally do that nationwide? We mean– REALLY do it legally? We think not.  If anything, the Federal APHIS standards could potentially be changed if ARs wanted different rules– but that isn’t their goal. Their goal is to eliminate commercial kenneling entirely. This is line with the 12 Steps of Animal Rights, to stop the Pet Trade. If pets could not be owned, then we assume there would be no pet trade.

 At that point if there are no reasonably priced pets to buy, it will become a black market. Which is exactly what the ARs know will happen. At that point, buying a black market dog will likely be a felony if HSUS can pass such a law.