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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Is This Really a Good Idea?

No pet-store ban on Fort Collins ballot

A 21-year-old biology major at Colorado State University failed in her effort to get a proposal that would have banned the sale of animals at pet stores in Fort Collins on the April ballot.
But Laure Molitor says she succeeded in starting a debate about "puppy mills" and "kitten factories" supplying local pet stores with animals.
"It says a lot that a 21-year-old girl can rile up a city this much," said Molitor. "I think we definitely opened up a lot of people's minds, we started a dialogue."
Molitor needed to gather at least 2,517 signatures of registered voters to qualify the measure for the April ballot, but fell short by about 1,135 signatures, according to a review by the Fort Collins City Clerk's office.

This proposed ban was for dogs, cats AND birds, reptiles and rodents.  I understand the issues with "puppy mills" and "Kitten mill."  I have always advocated either going through a shelter or breed specific rescue or a reputable breeder. However, the birds, reptiles and rodents - not sure what they are thinking here. Where are people going to get those critters? And is the problem more at the source of the dogs and cats and if we can make sure that things are being done right on that end, this wouldn't be an issue.

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