City of Ottawa bans sale of cats and dogs in pet stores

OTTAWA - April 13, 2016 - Earlier today, Ottawa City Council adopted a new bylaw that bans the for-profit sale of cats and dogs in Ottawa’s pet stores.

After a five-year transition period, which allows the three local stores currently selling cats and dogs to transition to a new business model, only adoptable cats and dogs from humane societies, SPCAs and rescues will set foot in pet stores.

"For years now, ‘Adopt don’t shop’ has been the rallying cry for the humane movement," says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS). "This policy will help the public to understand that animals are not a commodity – they are sentient beings deserving of our protection."

CFHS presented to Ottawa City Council on this issue in March, and we’re pleased that the Council has chosen to act on the advice of so many animal care experts, who uniformly agree that such a ban is essential in protecting animals from those who would exploit them for profit. We congratulate Puppymill Awareness Working Solutions on their effective campaign.

We are strongly against the five-year transition period imposed as part of this bylaw, but we acknowledge that this new bylaw is a big step forward in the fight against puppy and kitten mills in the Ottawa region.

CFHS is available for comment on this issue.

For more information or media interviews, contact:

Luna Allison
Communications and Marketing Manager
Canadian Federation of Humane Societies
(613) 224-8072 ext. 12
lunaa@cfhs.ca

Media Release: City of Ottawa bans sale of cats and dogs in pet stores
City of Ottawa bans sale of cats and dogs in pet stores
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