Change Alberta Pet Store Laws to Only Sell Rescued Animals, Birds and Reptiles

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This petition wants Alberta to change legislation so that pet stores and animal exhibitions can only sell rescued animals, birds and reptiles. Animals should come from local rescue groups, shelters or animal control agencies. ADOPT DON'T SHOP.

Recently Los Angeles brought in a new state law that "bans retail sales of cats, dogs and rabbits in an effort to crack down on breeding mills. It says pet stores can only sell cats, dogs and rabbits that come from local rescue groups, shelters or animal control agencies. Pet stores will also have to maintain records for where each of those animals came from, and must include that information on their cages or enclosures. Store operators will face a $500 fine for any violation of the law."

It's time for Alberta and the rest of Canada to step up and create a similar law. This law should be for all pets; domestic and exotics. Rescues and shelters are beyond full and those pets that are turned away are often just released outside. Not only is this cruel for the pet released but also a huge problem for our eco-system and natural species. Most of the exotic pets released outside will not survive more than a week. They are not native to the climate or the environment, which means no food source, they are not adapted to protect themselves from the elements and they have no natural defences from the native species (or feral domestic species). Those that do survive become an invasive species and a threat to our eco-system. Just need to look at the goldfish problem in the ponds and lakes in Alberta. This all started with people releasing this unwanted pet fish that are native to Asia.

Alberta needs to create a law that states that pet stores and animal exhibitions are only allowed to sell rescued animals, birds, and reptiles. It's time to change the attitude that animals, birds and reptiles are just commodities to be exploited.

Please add your voice so Alberta will change legislation and stop the selling of "breeder pets". If you don't think there is a problem, go volunteer at a Humane Society, Dog or Cat Rescue, Parrot Rescue and/or a Reptile Rescue. See if your heart doesn't break to see hundreds of unwanted pets in small kennels, cages and plastic tubs (reptiles). Look at the faces of those that are suffering from malnorishment, neglect and social isolation. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE so this doesn't continue to happen.

Thank you for caring about the critters, they need your voice.

Below is some history of the growing problem of UNWANTED PETS.

As per an article from BC SPCA in December 2013 "Canadian shelters took in almost 200,000 animals in 2012, says the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies(CFHS). The CFHS crunched the numbers from more than 100 shelters across the country. Its report found 119,000 cats, 53,000 dogs and 15,000 other animals were taken in and cared for by shelters. The data was tabulated from responses by 102 shelters and doesn’t include municipal pounds and other organizations that care for animals. The number of cats at shelters is consistently twice the number of dogs. Shelters are forced to euthanize many animals: 41% of cats in shelters were euthanized compared with 15% of dogs. “It is rare for a shelter to euthanize healthy animals,” says Dr. Rastogi “only 3% of healthy cats and 1% of healthy dogs were euthanized in shelters in 2012.”"

The number of unwanted pet birds and reptiles are also on the rise as per a US article that is very relevant to Canada. "According to a study by Best Friends Animal Society, it is not unusual for an elderly parrot to have 7-11 owners over the course of its life.Parrots are likely the USA’s third most popular pet, yet many people do not realize that, unlike dogs and cats, they are not domesticated animals.  As wild animals, parrots have very different needs than domestic creatures.  Few people are able to provide the space, social situation and emotional environment needed by these active, “complicated” birds. The US captive parrot population could swell to 100 million by the year 2020. US breeders now hatch 2-5 million parrots yearly, and an additional 15,000 birds are legally imported."

As per an article by zoo check: " The increasing popularity of reptiles as pets has brought with it a corresponding increase in the number of displaced and unwanted pet reptiles. Just like the dogs, cats and pot-bellied pigs before them, reptiles are being discarded after they’ve lost their novelty appeal or they become too big, difficult, expensive or problematic for their owners. Humane societies, zoos and reptile rescue organizations receive a seemingly endless stream of calls from pet owners wishing to dispose of their reptiles. Unfortunately, many reptile owners assume that if they tire of their pet, or if for some reason they find they are no longer able to keep their animal, they can just take it to their local zoo and the zoo will be happy to accept it. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Some zoos consider offers of unwanted pet reptiles and other exotic animals on a case by case basis, but most simply refuse them altogether. Humane societies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, wildlife educators and others who deal with wild animals are not an option either. Most are already filled to capacity with unwanted pets and are unable to take in anymore."