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December 1, 2022
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Las Vegas – Because the Clark County Board of Commissioners considers an ordinance that will prohibit the sale of canine, cats, rabbits, and pot-bellied pigs in pet shops, PETA despatched a letter this morning to the council’s members urging them to vote in favor of the ban, which might assist not solely animals but additionally officers’ constituents and town’s backside line. The ordinance is scheduled for a public listening to and potential vote on Tuesday.
PETA notes that the ordinance would assist scale back the variety of animals flooding the county animal shelter, which just lately made headlines for turning them away, extreme crowding, and infectious illness outbreaks. It might additionally stop the county from selling canine obtained from pet mills, which confine mom canine to cramped, metal-floored cages and use them as breeding machines till their our bodies give out. Many “purebred” and “designer” puppies from such services undergo from ailments and inbreeding that imply excessive veterinary payments for unsuspecting customers. For instance, French bulldogs, pugs, and different flat-faced canine—referred to as “breathing-impaired breeds” as a consequence of a debilitating and typically deadly situation referred to as brachycephalic syndrome—have restricted airways that trigger them to battle to breathe, which is a number one reason for dying in these breeds.
“Puppies within the pet store window generally start life in huge breeding mills, the place they’re taken from their moms prematurely, uncovered to ailments, and shipped off to make a fast buck,” says PETA Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA and our members and supporters statewide are encouraging Clark County management to offer the county’s severely crowded shelter with much-needed reduction by voting ‘sure’ on this pet store ban.”
Round 70 million canine and cats are homeless within the U.S. at any given time. Many animal shelters—below strain to keep away from euthanasia in any respect prices—are turning canine away after they inevitably attain capability and refusing to simply accept cats altogether, leaving probably the most weak animals with nowhere to go. Many find yourself deserted on the streets, the place they might be hit by vehicles, contaminated with ailments, or damage by merciless individuals—and people who reproduce make the companion animal overpopulation disaster worse. That’s why PETA urges shelters to simply accept all animals in want, asks everybody to undertake as an alternative of shopping for from breeders or pet shops, and advises guardians to have their animal companions spayed or neutered.
PETA—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals should not ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For extra info, please go to PETA.org or observe the group on Twitter, Fb, or Instagram.