A proposal to ban all sales of small animals in The City was tabled for five months until an alternative focus on consumer education can be fully explored.
The Animal Control and Welfare Commission agreed to set aside the ban to see how a program requiring pet owners to be certified before purchasing animals could work.
“I think it’s worth trying this as possible alternative,” Commissioner Phillip Gerrie said before agreeing to revisit the ban in January. “When I brought this proposal to the commission five months ago, I didn’t think it would happen quickly.”
The decision came two hours after public discussion over the potential ban, where opponents and supporters weighed in on the issue.
The ban was introduced to curb the activity of purchasing animals from breeding mills. But pet store owners said the ban was wrongfully aimed at them. Many said they already offer education on animal care.
“We’re easy targets,” said Rick French, owner of Animal Company. “But we’re the wrong target.”