Vancouver, BC: Paws for Hope Animal Foundation is applauding the City of Delta’s move to ban the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits unless through an approved rescue or shelter. The bylaw will come into affect on November 1, 2017 and follows more than 200 cities across Canada and the U.S. to prohibit the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet store, including Vancouver, New Westminster and Richmond.
“We have been working very hard to have municipalities across the province prohibit retail pet sales” says, Kathy Powelson, Paws for Hope’s executive director, “and we are so encouraged to see more cities in BC recognize that this inhumane business practice should end”.
Since 2011, Paws for Hope has been advocating to end the retail sale of cats, dogs and rabbits, and work with municipalities to have bylaws passed. In 2012 they successfully lobbied the City of New Westminster and this past spring the City of Vancouver was the next city to pass a motion to restrict pet sales. They are currently working with the City of Surrey, and hope to see a ban in place before the end of the year.
“The ban in Delta is a victory for the community, a victory for the animal welfare community and most of all, a victory for all the animals who suffer the most”.