Ban Animal Retail Stores in Orlando, Florida

Ban Animal Retail Stores in Orlando, Florida

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Delaney Bolstein started this petition to Orlando City Council

6.5 million companion animals end up in shelters each year nationwide. 1


In school we learn to give people second chances and to accept them for their differences. Unfortunately we neglect to think about the animals who need to be given that chance too. The vast majority of the millions of dogs and cats who end up in shelters always start their lives off with misfortune. Maybe they were found on the side of the road, in a puppy mill, or more often than not, born in the shelter.  A puppy mill is a place where dogs are continuously bred with horrific conditions. Mother dogs have babies and when they can’t produce more litters, they are left to die of starvation.2 90% of the time puppies from commercial stores come from puppy mills.3  The dogs and cats in shelters were given a second chance, and their new life is defined by us. 


My dog Nali was given a second chance too. My family saw her at an adoption event about a year ago and realized that she was the perfect dog for us. Nali is shy and timid, but she’s bold in times of danger. Danger meaning a scary cardboard box in our living room. Nevertheless, Nali would have died if my family didn’t rescue her, and that thought makes my passion for helping dogs like her exceedingly stronger. 


On January 9, 2019 California became the first state in history to ban the sale of dogs, cats, and rabbits from commercial breeders. California paved the way for animal rights laws involving sales, and Maryland soon followed. Florida has been making great strides too. “Florida in particular has become the epicenter of all this activity,” says Melanie Kahn the senior director of the Humane Society of the United State’s Puppy Mills Campaign. Places as close as Casselberry have participated in the growing trend of banning the sale of commercial breeders.


Unfortunately, Orlando, Florida has not passed the law yet, but it is possible. When you sign this petition, you publicly support passing a law that bans the sale of commercial breeders for dogs, cats, and rabbits in Orlando, Florida

The dogs and cats in rescues need a second chance, but they’re often overlooked because of their appearance. The big black bully mix in the kennel is just as perfect as the blonde goldendoodle you saw at Just Puppies. The only difference when you adopt is that you saved a life of an otherwise dead dog. The same thing applies to cats too.  Banning the sale of commercial breeders is on the rise, and Orlando can be apart of that change as well. 

 

 

1.https://www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics


2. https://www.paws.org/get-involved/take-action/explore-the-issues/puppy-mills/


3. https://www.aspca.org/barred-from-love/puppy-mills-101

 

 

 

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